John Tucker

John Tucker has been Aptis Test Production Co-ordinator, based in Poland, since July 2012. His current responsibilities include commissioning and quality reviewing test items for Aptis General and other tests, along with helping to produce the tests themselves. John is involved in producing materials for and training item writers, and presented at ALTE 2014 in Paris on this subject. He also handles technical queries connected with the administration of Aptis tests. John is part of the British Council’s new Assessment Literacy Project, for which he is writing a module on listening; John also co-presented on this topic at a pre-conference TEASIG workshop in Harrogate. Earlier in 2014 he took an open access course in corpus linguistics run by Lancaster University.

John completed an MA (distance) in Language Testing as well as the BC’s E-moderator Essentials course in December 2013. Before that he took a diploma in testing from Roehampton University. Previously, John ran placement testing workshops and helped re-design assessments for the British Council’s Korea centre in Seoul. Prior to that, John had a long and varied career as a teacher in the UK, Colombia, Spain and Thailand.

Areas of expertise:

  • Quality reviewing of test items
  • Test specifications
  • Training of item writers
  • Corpus linguistics