English Test for Government Bodies and NGOs

Aptis is an English language assessment tool that can be used to assess English language proficiency levels of government employees, such as teachers, staff members of ministries or public service departments.

As a ministry or NGO, you can complement your current English development projects with an Aptis assessment. Used at the beginning, middle and end of any training, it can evaluate the progress of candidates and closely reflect their understanding of English within a functional context, making it extremely easy to pinpoint areas for improvement.


  • An Aptis grammar and vocabulary test is combined with one or more of the skill tests (reading, writing, speaking and listening) allowing you to choose the skills that are relevant for you and test them using various delivery modes available, like computer, tablet or pen and paper. 
  • Aptis uses a detailed reporting system, where both a scaled score and a CEFR level are reported for each skill tested and the test performance (speaking and writing) is rated by multiple raters, thus enhancing the accuracy of the score.
  • Aptis follows a detailed reporting system, wherein individual and group reports are provided, so you can get a clear picture of the test takers’ strengths and weaknesses along with their rankings amongst other staff members.
  • The Aptis test has a user-friendly interface and can be downloaded and installed quickly in just a few steps, enabling you to administer the test efficiently. 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. Braille version of the core and the reading component is available.
  • All Aptis tests consist of high quality content put together and reviewed by a dedicated global team for suitability around the world.

Who is using Aptis?

The Aptis test is currently used by various ministries, NGOs, government sponsored projects and local municipalities all around the world, including Ministry of Education in Malaysia, Punjab Government in Pakistan, Ministry of Foreign Promotion and Welfare in Sri Lanka, Ministry of Education in Rwanda, Department for International Development in Tanzania, Kerala State Government in India, Ministry of Education in Ethiopia, The National Agency for Employment (ANPE) and Comisiones Obreras in Spain.


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.*