Welcome to ALTE, 

the Association of Language Testers in Europe

ALTE is an association of language test providers who work together to promote the fair and accurate assessment of linguistic ability across Europe and beyond.  ALTE organises courses and conferences on aspects of language assessment, and operates a quality auditing system of European language examinations.

ALTE was founded in 1989 by the University of Cambridge (UK) and the Universidad de Salamanca (Spain). Today, ALTE has 33 Full Member Organisations representing 25 European languages, as well as 58 Institutional Affiliates, 15 Individual Expert Members and over 800 Individual Affiliates from all around the world. ALTE is a non-profit organisation, and has Participatory Status as an NGO with the Council of Europe. 

Our mission

Setting Standards

ALTE has established a set of common standards which cover all the stages of the language testing process. These standards can be applied to exams of any language, and ensure the quality of ALTE Members' examinations.

Sustaining Diversity

ALTE supports the learning, teaching and assessment of a wide range of languages, and promotes the recognition of qualifications in these languages across Europe.

Maximising Impact

ALTE helps maximise tests' positive impact by making the connections between policy, research and practice, between language learning, teaching and assessment, and between experts in different fields and parts of the world.


Find out more about our major conference in Madrid, 28-30 April 2021

Who we are 

Discover ALTE's history, check our list of Members and Institutional Affiliates, or learn more about the structure and administration of our association. 


ALTE has several Special Interest Groups (SIGs) who look at assessment issues from a range of perspectives, such as special needs and circumstances, migration, and technology. 


ALTE provides a range of technical support services to assessment professionals across Europe and beyond, such as regular training opportunities and assistance with test validation. 


Check our collection of resources to support language learning, teaching and assessment. 

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