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British Council Launches APTIS Global English Assessment Test

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British Council Launces APTISAPTIS, a new global English assessment tool designed for organisations and institutions was launched by British Council on Friday. A distinct aspect of APTIS is that it offers the results within 24 hours and it is the first major international English test that integrates computer, telephone and pen & paper delivery to allow candidates to sit the test through one or more of channels; conducting it from many locations around the world through computers and face-to-face interactions.

APTIS is a flexible and adaptable English test for adults, which can be used to assess ability in all four English skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing). It can also be customised to test one or more specific skills, which allows organisations to test the skills relevant to their needs. The content of the test can be adapted to suit a specific domain, such as for teaching or travel and tourism, as well customised to suit specific cultural contexts and variants of English.

The innovative marking system of the language test is task-based rather than test-based. This means in one task several people in different locations around the world mark different items within the test, all through the online platform.

This is a business-to-business English assessment service available to organisations not individuals, and is the latest edition to the British Council’s English and examinations portfolio of products, allowing the council to offer a complete solution for organisations’ English development needs.

This new test complements existing language tests such as IELTS – the high-stakes test which the British Council jointly owns with Cambridge ESOL and IDP: IELTS Australia.

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