For researchers

Aptis is based on what has become the most influential test validation theory in modern assessment – the socio-cognitive framework. This theory focuses on how three elements (the test taker, the test system and the scoring system) combine to give a measure of a candidate’s performance which relates meaningfully to their ability in English. You can read more about the development of Aptis by clicking on the documents below.

Download - Aptis Test Development Approach
Download - Aptis Formal Trials Feedback Report

The British Council East Asia Assessment Research Grants

Aimed at those working in research into English language assessment, the British Council East Asia Assessment Research Grant recognises achievement and innovation within the field of language assessment in East Asia and forms part of the British Council’s extensive support of research activities across the world. The EA research grant aims to make funding available for various research projects to be conducted throughout East Asia.

The British Council East Asia Assessment Research Grants 2014

Recipients for the British Council East Asia Assessment Research Grants 2014

Ardi Marwan (Politeknik Negeri Pontianak, Indonesia)
Examining Pre-Service English Teachers’ English Proficiency Using Aptis Test: A Longitudinal Study at Two Teacher Training Colleges in the Province of West Kalimantan, Indonesia.

Chen Ying (Ocean University of China, China)
Exploring Chinese EFL test-takers’ audience awareness in the Aptis writing test: Multiple perspectives

Cheng Junyu (South East University, China)
The contribution of phonological and orthographic vocabulary size on L2 listening and reading.

Lee Wonkey (Seoul National University of Education, Korea)
A content validation of the Aptis for Teachers with reference to the TEE accreditation criteria in Korea: A customisation effort.

Tang Jinlan (Beijing Foreign Studies University, China)
Assessment for learning: using Aptis as a diagnostic assessment tool in the EFL classroom.

Yumiko Moore (University of Bedfordshire, UK)
Investigating the cognitive constructs measured by Aptis Writing Test in the Japanese context: a case study.

Zheng Ying (University of Southampton, UK)
Aptis in China: Exploring Stakeholders’ Perceptions of its Validity and Practicality.

The British Council East Asia Assessment Research Grants 2015

Areas of interest in the British Council East Asia Assessment Research Grants 2015

The British Council is interested in supporting external researchers to conduct quality research in the following areas: 

  • Aptis test development and validation 
  • Aptis test impact 
  • Aptis test localisation 


Key Dates:

Deadline for submission of proposals: 31 May 2015

Successful applicants notified: 31 July 2015 

Final submission of research findings: 31 August 2016


For more information and the application form, please download: