New ALTE Full Member - Interuniversity Testing Consortium (IUTC)

We are pleased to announce that the Interuniversity Testing Consortium (IUTC) has joined ALTE as Full Member and passed successfully the ALTE audit.
The Interuniversity Testing Consortium (IUTC) is composed of 5 university language centres in Flanders, the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium. IUTC develops, administers and assesses exams linked to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and has created a course-independent examination system for tests of English and Dutch.
One of the IUTC-tests is the ITNA (Interuniversity Test of Dutch as a Second Language). It was issued and developed as a high-stakes admission test for the B2 and C1 levels required for higher education in Flanders.
The test comprises three parts: a computer-based test, an oral face-to-face part and an additional writing part for C1-candidates.
The 17 minimum standards of ALTE, for establishing quality profiles, were met both for the B2 and for the C1 level of the ITNA.

Sabine Steemans, test developer at the Antwerp University language centre, said about the ALTE audit: the audit procedure has proven to be an inspiring experience, which has further consolidated our self-developed quality requirements, but has also reinvigorated our constant search for improvement. During this journey, the auditor, Henk Kuijper, was an indispensable coach who stimulated us with thought-provoking questions.
For more information about the new ALTE full member, please visit their website:

ALTE 50th Meeting and Conference, Leuven, Belgium

The ALTE 50th Meeting and Conference will be hosted by CnaVT in Leuven, Belgium and will take place from 20th to 22nd September 2017. The conference will include workshops, plenaries and a gala dinner.

For the first two days of the meetings are open only to ALTE Members and Institutional affiliates. On Friday 22nd September will be an open conference day for all those with an interest in language testing. The theme of the conference will be "The impact of language tests on education, migration, and society"

Further details about the programme of the conference and to register, please visit the new ALTE website. Click here

The registration for the conference will close on Sunday 10th September 2017


New ALTE Institutional affiliate - CLL Centres de langues

The latest organisations to become ALTE Institutional Affiliate is CLL - Centres de langues

The « CLL-Centres de langues » is the largest language school in Belgium. CLL is a non-profit association, created in 1984 by the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve, which teaches 36 languages to children, teenagers, students and adult learners including public institutions and companies.

As far as testing is concerned, the CLL is part of a Consortium comprised of 3 entities: the CLL itself, the UCL (Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), the largest French-speaking University in Belgium) and Altissia International, a leading company in on-line language learning solutions.

The 3 entities have come together to implement a new service within the Erasmus Plus programme for the European Commission: the OLS (The Online Linguistic Support) which aims at providing language testing and training to all Erasmus participants (students, VET and Youth programmes) throughout Europe. All students are tested before and after their mobility. The test is mandatory.

This programme was launched in 6 languages (English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Dutch) in September, 2014. So far, more than 360 000 tests have been taken.

Six new languages will be added for the test in March 2016, 6 more in 2017, and the last 6 of the 24 European languages in 2018.

The test is adaptative, computer-based. For the time being it only assesses the receptive skills. But in the near future, oral and written productions are to be added.

To find out more about ALTE affiliation, click here

The Czech Language Certificate Exam (CCE) has successfully passed the ALTE audit

Within Charles University, Prague, the Institute for Language and Preparatory Studies (ILPS CU) has been developing a tradition of the teaching of Czech as a foreign language for more than fifty years and as the only such institute in the Czech Republic is devoted to the preparation of foreign students for study at Czech universities. It provides Czech language instruction and testing for foreigners through various language courses, distance learning, research, and professional activities such as writing textbooks and teacher training.
The Czech Language Certificate Exam (CCE), developed at ILPS CU, is designed for all foreigners age 16 and over who want or need to prove their level of competence in the Czech language, and is recognized by most Czech and foreign employers and by some universities and colleges. The CCE at A1, A2, B1 and B2 has successfully passed the ALTE auditing process for the second time and the recently developed CCE–C1 for the first time.
Pavel Pečený, the head of the ILPS CU Research and Test Centre, remarks: “ALTE auditing procedure does not only guarantee the quality of the examination, it also represents one of the motors that make the test developers improve the examination constantly.”