What is Aptis?

Aptis is a modern and flexible English assessment system designed to meet the diverse needs of organisations and individuals around the world.

Aptis is a business-to-business product that is used by organisations and institutions to benchmark the English language levels of their employees, potential employees, students or teachers.

Testing English levels from A1-C on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, Aptis is an English test for adults (16+), which can be used to assess ability in all four English skills - speaking, listening, reading and writing.

What does it test?

Aptis is made up of a number of components which are taken in packages rather than individually. You select the core language knowledge component (grammar and vocabulary) and combine it with one or more or more of the skills components for accurate and relevant testing. If you wish to test a mix of skills, different components can be taken together. Targeted testing means more informative results, helping you refine your training or recruitment to be more efficient and cost effective in the future.

Aptis content can also be adapted to suit a specific sector, such as teaching or travel and tourism, and content can be customised to suit specific cultural contexts and variants of English.  With computer and pen and paper options, you choose when, how and in what way to test, to ensure you get the results you need.

How long does each Aptis component last?

Reading – 30 minutes
Listening – 50 minutes
Writing – 50 minutes
Speaking – 12 minutes
Grammar & vocabulary – 25 minutes

Aptis scoring

Reading and listening components are marked automatically by the online platform, while a live examiner marks the speaking and writing components. An Aptis candidate will receive a score on a numerical scale (0 to 50) for the grammar and vocabulary section, and a score on a numerical scale (0 – 50) and CEFR level (A1 – C) for each skill they take. This will make up the candidate’s profile of language proficiency.

Aptis results

For all Aptis packages we will deliver results in as little as 24 hours, depending on the chosen test delivery method, the local context and volume.

Aptis will report results on a group or individual basis.

Group feedback reports will contain all the candidate names per session, their CEFR level and/or scale per component, plus their overall numerical score.

Individual feedback reports will contain the candidate name, test date, CEFR level and respective CEFR descriptor, and/or numerical score per component and an overall numerical score


There are different Aptis packages depending on the combination of skills you want to test. The package consists of the Grammar&Vocabulary test + at least 1 skill. The price varies depending on the package and on the number of candidates that will be tested. The base price below does not include discounts and invigilation charges which are payable if you wish the British Council to administer the test on your behalf.

Listening – 105.00 kn
Reading – 105.00 kn
Speaking – 190.00 kn
Writing – 150.00 kn
Reading & Listening – 140.00 kn
Writing & Speaking – 235.00 kn
Reading & Writing – 190.00 kn
Listening & Speaking – 225.00 kn
Reading & Speaking – 225.00 kn
Listening & Writing – 190.00 kn
Listening, Reading, Writing – 235.00 kn
Reading, Writing, Speaking – 340.00 kn
Listening, Reading, Speaking – 280.00 kn
Listening, Writing, Speaking – 340.00 kn
All 4 skills – 385.00 kn
So whether your testing requirement is for recruitment, workforce development or training, Aptis is the forward thinking English testing you’ve been waiting for.
For further details, please contact us.