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-C2 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 that are taken in packages rather than individually. You select the core language knowledge component (grammar and vocabulary) and combine it with one 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 domain, 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.

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 – C2) for each skill they take. This will make up the candidate’s profile of language proficiency.

So whether your testing requirement is for recruitment, workforce development or training, Aptis is the forward thinking English testing you’ve been waiting for.

What our customers and partners say about Aptis

"Confirmation of the current knowledge of English in the various language skills is a clear advantage over competitors." (Eva Zobl, bfi)

 "For us, the flexibility and the uncomplicated administration of test participants are important reasons to use Aptis." (Ulrike Schindler-Davidson, BEST)

"The evaluation is carried out quickly – results are available two working days after the exam.

The test report’s contents are very informative – participants receive a detailed result that evaluates each skill individually and portrays the outcome in the form of a bar chart. Additionally, the scores are explained in the accompanying information leaflet.

The candidate’s level of English is apparent immediately." (Fariba Olschak, die Berater Unternehmensberatungs GmbH)

Group registrations

It's easy to register for Aptis. Simply follow the steps listed below:

1.  Contact us.

2.  Indicate your preferred test date, number of candidates and preferred test location.

3.  Once your exam(s) have been confirmed you should make the payment for the test package(s) you have chosen.

All fees are payable in Euro (monthly book keeping rate applicable) by bank transfer/online banking to British Council Austria, within the deadline detailed in the respective invoice.

Our account details are as follows:

  • ACCOUNT HOLDER: British Council
  • BANK: Citibank Intl plc Austrian branch
  • ACCOUNT NUMBER: 0002279002
  • BANK SORT CODE (BLZ): 18140
  • IBAN: AT401814000002279002    


If you request a cancellation of your APTIS test more than five weeks before the test date you will be refunded the test fee minus a local administrative charge of €75. 

If you want to cancel less than five weeks before the test day, you will be charged the full test fee. To cancel your test date, please complete our Transfer/Refund Form and e-mail it to us at aptis.test@britishcouncil.at.

If you are ill on the test day we require a medical certificate as well as a completed Transfer/Refund Form within five working days. The test fee will then be refunded minus a local administrative charge of €75.

One change of test date is possible if the request is received no later than five weeks before the exam. 

To change your test date, fill in our Transfer/Refund Form and e-mail it to us at aptis.test@britishcouncil.at. Please note that the new date must then be within three months of the original date.

More information

For further details, please contact us.

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