Richard Spiby

Richard Spiby has been the Test Development Researcher for the receptive skills (reading and listening, together with grammar and vocabulary) since June 2016. His main responsibilities involve analysing operational data and revising and developing the receptive skills components of the Aptis test.

Richard has previously worked in the UK and Turkey, mainly in the university sector, in test production, management and research



Areas of Expertise

  • Receptive Skills 
  • Cognitive processing in language assessment
  • Strategy use in reading and listening
  • Methods of Testing Vocabulary


  • Yi- fen Wu, R.,Yeh, H.,Dunlea, J., Spiby,R. (2016) APTIS- GEPT Test Comparison Study: Looking at Two from Multi- Perspectives Using the Socio - Cognitive Model VS/2016/002


  • MA in English Language Teaching, University of Reading focussing on Assessment-related issues.