What is Aptis?

We have 70 years of experience testing English language around the world. Our experts have developed the Aptis test based on the latest research in English language assessment. 

Aptis can assess your English level in all four language skills – speaking, writing, reading and listening. It also incorporates a grammar and vocabulary test. Which skills you will be tested in depends on the organisation which asks you to take the test (e.g. an employer or training provider).


Test components

Component  Number of items Time
Grammar & Vocabulary 50 25 minutes
Reading 25 30 minutes
Listening 25 50 minutes
Speaking 4 tasks 12 minutes
Writing 4 tasks 50 minutes

Test options 

Option 1 (1 skill)  Option 2 (2 skills) Option 4 (4 skills)
Listening or Listening and Reading or Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing
Reading or
Speaking or Writing and Speaking

What do my scores mean?

You will receive results based on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). They will indicate your CEFR (A1-C) level for each skill tested. If you take all 4 skills you will receive an overall CEFR level. Along with your CEFR level a scaled score (0-50) showing your aptitude level for each skill level tested. 

Take a look at a sample test report.

How do I prepare for the test?