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 Institutional Member organisations representing 26 European languages, as well as more than 120 Associate Members, several Individual Expert Members and 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, and Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (UN).
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.
ALTE supports the learning, teaching and assessment of a wide range of languages, and promotes the recognition of qualifications in these languages across Europe.
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.
q-mark & Quality audits
ALTE audits member organisations' tests for evidence of quality in language test development and delivery. A successful audit results in a Q-Mark. Find out more, as well as which tests have the Q-Mark in the ALTE Framework.
Check our collection of resources to support language learning, teaching and assessment.
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.