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Customisable English test

The British Council has launched a customisable English language test for adults that organisations can use to assess employees and students.

Aptis can be used to test skill in speaking, listening to, reading and writing English. “It can also be customised to assess one or more specific skills. The test can be adapted to suit a specific domain, such as teaching or travel and tourism, or cultural context or variant of English,” said Sujata Sen, director (east India), British Council.

The latest addition to the British Council’s English and Examinations portfolio is not available to individuals. One can use a computer, telephone or pen and paper to appear for Aptis. The results are available in “as little as 24 hours”.

The telephone test will be available from October. Pen and paper is meant for remote areas without adequate Internet connectivity.

“Aptis will allow organisations to effectively and easily assess English language skills relevant to their requirements,” said Mark Walker, director of exams, British Council.

“We have 15 packages of the global test available,” said Barry O’Sullivan, senior adviser, British Council.