ALTE's Principles of Good Practice (2020) is the third edition of a document that was first put together in 1994. The document is intended as a coherent set of guidelines that all ALTE members and affiliates subscribe to when creating and running language tests. It sets out ethical considerations and the concept of usefulness in examinations and examination qualities, placing these as principles that are worked out in ALTE's Quality Management System.
The "Manual for Language Test Development and Examining" (2011) was produced by ALTE on behalf of the Language Policy Unit of the Council of Europe. This manual is for use with the CEFR and it is available in Basque, Dutch, French and German.
The "Guidelines for the Development of Language for Specific Purposes Tests" (2018) was produced by ALTE as a supplement to the 2011 Manual for Language Test Development and Examining. The production of the Guidelines was co-ordinated by the LSP SIG.
This report was produced on the 2018 Council of Europe and ALTE survey on Language and Knowledge of Society (KoS) policies for migrants.
This is available on the Council of Europe's website.
ALTE's multilingual glossary (1998) has a particularly significant role to play in encouraging the development of language testing in less widely taught languages by establishing terms which may be new alongside their well-known equivalents in the commonly used languages. The glossary contains entries in 10 languages: Catalan, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Irish, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. This volume will be of use to many working in the context of European languages who are involved in testing and assessment.
Relating Language Examinations to the CEFR: A Manual
ALTE contributed to the Council of Europe's Manual for 'Relating Language Examinations to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment (CEFR) and produced Content Analysis Grids (2014) for Speaking and Writing (analysis and presentation). All of these are available on the Council of Europe's website.
Minimum StandardsALTE has established a set of common standards for its members’ exams (2007), 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. See our Setting Standards page for more information. Our 17 Minimum Standards are available in a range of languages.
Quality Assurance Checklists
These checklists (2001) are matched to each stage of the exam production cycle:
The ALTE "Can Do" project developed and validated a set of performance-related scales, describing what learners can actually do in a language (2002).
The project contributed greatly to the development of the CEFR and is acknowledged in Appendix D of the 2001 CEFR document.
The Can Do Statements are available in the following languages: