English is becoming increasingly popular across the world and connects people from different nations, regions and cultures. The growing demand for English as a medium of communication and instruction makes it essential for government organisations to evaluate the English language proficiency of their employees.

Aptis is an innovative English language test that enables organisations across the world to assess the English language proficiency of employees and make informed decisions on recruitment, benchmarking, and workforce development. 


  • Aptis uses a detailed reporting system, where both a scaled score and a CEFR level are provided for each skill tested.
  • Aptis for Teachers is a variant of Aptis that is designed to evaluate English language skills in the educational sector. 
  • Individual and group reports are provided so you get a clear picture of each test taker’s strengths and weaknesses as well as their ranking within the workforce.
  • A compulsory grammar and vocabulary test is combined with one or more skills tests (reading, writing, speaking and listening), allowing you to test only the skills that are relevant. 
  • Aptis can be taken using a computer, tablet, or pen and paper and results can be provided within 48 hours.
  • All Aptis tests consist of high-quality content put together and reviewed by a dedicated global team for suitability around the world.
  • Free practice materials and test guides are available for candidates. 
  • The test is simple to administer and technical support is provided.
  • The British Council is strongly committed to the highest standards of equality, diversity and inclusion in testing, so extra time can be allocated for candidates in specially prepared computer-based versions when this is required. A braille version of the core and reading test is available.


The Aptis test is currently used by several ministries, NGOs, government-sponsored projects and local municipalities all around the world. 

Ministry of Education in Malaysia

The British Council is working with the Ministry of Education in Malaysia to improve English language skills of teachers across the country. Aptis tests have been used as a pre-training and post-training benchmarking assessment to assess improvements. All four skills were taken, with testing happening across five states.

Department for International Development in Tanzania

The British Council is working with the Department for International Development on a significant programme to improve the quality of primary and secondary education in Tanzania. The project between the British Council and DFID aims to address problems in the school system arising from a system that is now deemed to be failing learners; a system in which teachers have very limited exposure to English. The project aims to improve the quality of teaching at primary and secondary school levels with a specific focus on English for communication, and ultimately improve the capacity and education of school students.

Punjab Education and English Language Initiative (PEELI) in Pakistan

The British Council state partnerships team is working with the Punjab Government to recruit, benchmark and train primary and middle school teachers who teach English, Maths, Science and Computer Science to 15 million children aged 5-14 in over 56,000 schools across Punjab, Pakistan’s largest province. Having English at the heart of the project, Aptis was selected as an assessment tool to evaluate the current skill level of teachers. The initial test was conducted for primary and middle school teachers for both private and government schools.

DFID, Ministry of Education in Rwanda

DFD, that is funding the Ministry of Education’s National Baseline Assessment in Rwanda, signed a contract with the British Council to deliver a program of English testing as the country shifts to an English medium curriculum. The British Council delivered test components throughout five testing centres across Rwanda.

The National Agency for Employment (ANPE) and Comisiones Obreras (Workers’ Commission – CCOO) in Spain

The National Agency for Employment (ANPE) and Comisiones Obreras (Workers’ Commission – CCOO) approached the British Council after the local educational authorities in Mallorca made it compulsory that all English teachers on the island were certified at a B2 level of English on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The British Council Spain delivered four-skill Aptis tests to teachers in Palma de Mallorca to help them prove they were at a B2 level of English, a requirement of all teachers.


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