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 separate skills components for accurate and relevant testing that meets your needs. If you wish to test a mix of skills, different components can be taken together.
There are 15 different Aptis packages available:
- Listening package
- Reading package
- Speaking package
- Writing package
- Listening and reading package
- Listening and speaking package
- Listening and writing package
- Reading and speaking package
- Reading and writing package
- Speaking and writing package
- Listening, reading and speaking package
- Listening, reading and writing package
- Listening, speaking and writing
- Reading, speaking and writing
- Listening, reading, speaking and writing package
By allowing you to choose which skills are tested, when, where and how, you get the best and most meaningful results for your organisation.
Candidate performance in each skill is mapped to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). 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. This approach to scoring has the affect of giving a very accurate indication of a candidate’s ability. More accurate results help you to achieve increasingly effective and focused English training and recruitment. It also ensures standards can be raised and maintained at personal, organisational and regional levels. Aptis also ensures fairness of marking by having the same markers focus on specific tasks, rather than on whole test results. This has significant benefits for the test integrity, as it stops contamination of the marking, and markers are not influenced by how a candidate has performed in previous tasks (known as the Halo Effect). This also improves the speed at which an examiner can mark, keeping costs low.