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Aptis ESOL is an English language qualification designed and developed by British Council language testing experts. It is regulated by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) in England.  

Aptis ESOL assesses English language proficiency in all four skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing, at all levels from A1 to C2 on the CEFR. 

Aptis ESOL variants  

  • Aptis ESOL General – a general English proficiency test for candidates testing levels A1 to B2 on the CEFR.   
  • Aptis ESOL Advanced – a variant of Aptis which tests language proficiency from B1 to C2 on the CEFR. Tasks are more complex and designed to distinguish between C1 and C2 level candidates.  
  • Aptis ESOL for Teachers is adapted for the educational context. The test content relates to teachers and the scenarios they come across every day.  It has the same format as Aptis ESOL General and tests levels from A1 to B2. 

For organisations and employers  

You can use Aptis ESOL to validate the level of English of your candidates, employees or students and ensure that they meet the proficiency requirements. Aptis ESOL can be easily integrated in your existing procedures to meet your specific needs. 

Trusted, secure and accurate testing 

Aptis ESOL is developed by British Council language assessment experts and validated in a number of studies by independent researchers. All test items go through a strict quality assurance process. Our innovative marking system ensures accuracy and eliminates bias.  

Aptis ESOL is delivered in invigilated face-to-face sessions under strict security. This allows us to guarantee the reliability of test taker’s results.  

Why choose Aptis ESOL? 

  • regulated by Ofqual   
  • validated by research  
  • secure delivery   
  • flexible testing options  
  • reliable, recognised proof of level at an affordable price  
  • quick and accurate results in just 48 hours  

For individuals 

You can use Aptis ESOL to certify your English level according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and meet the language requirements of your organisation.  

With Aptis ESOL you get: 

  • an Ofqual-regulated certificate from the British Council at an affordable price 
  • convenient test dates and locations  
  • quick and accurate results in just 48 hours   
  • testing on a computer 
  • user-friendly test format. 

Aptis ESOL is taken on a computer, in supervised face-to-face sessions in one of our partner test centres across the UK