Setting Standards

As international mobility increases, there is a growing need for transferable, comparable language qualifications which are meaningful to employers, and which offer real career and social advantages to the individual.

To meet this need, ALTE has established a set of common standards for its members’ exams, which cover all stages of the language testing process: test development; task and item writing; test administration; marking and grading; reporting of test results; test analysis; and reporting of findings.

As a result, users of the exams - whether individuals, employers, educational institutions or government bodies can be confident that the language assessments devised and delivered by ALTE members meet specified professional standards.

The ALTE Q-mark is a new quality indicator which member organisations can use to show that their exams have passed a rigorous audit and meet all 17 of ALTE’s quality standards. The Q-mark allows test users to be confident that an exam is backed by appropriate processes, criteria and standards. Read more

Code of Practice

ALTE's Code of Practice sets useful guidelines for language testing

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Minimum standards

Essential criteria for effective language testing

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Key tools for learner independence and self-evaluation

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