Our associate members
ALTE Associate Members are organisations with an interest and active involvement in language testing. They are not full members, and the quality of their tests cannot be guaranteed. However, they aspire to meet high standards of quality in language assessment. For more information on what being an Associate Member means, visit this page.
ALTE Associate Members are listed on this page alphabetically within the country they are based in. Click on the country to view the Associate Members based in that country.
The State Examination Center (SEC) public legal entity was established on April 11, 2016. The SEC is a national body with 9 regional offices in Azerbaijan that develops and administers a variety of assessments, including monitoring exams in secondary education, school-leaving exams (grades 9 and 11), university entrance exams (vocational education, and training undergraduate, graduate and residency admissions) and various recruitment tests. The SEC publishes support resources for all test takers to widen participation. The SEC develops testing and admission policies in partnership with the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The Center carries out its activities following the principles of impartiality, transparency, and technical and scientific accuracy. The main goal of the SEC’s work is to contribute to a continuous improvement of the education system, promoting its quality, efficacy, and efficiency in a way that enhances better learning outcomes. Most of the above-mentioned assessments have a foreign language component (English, Russian, German, French, Arabic or Persian), which is assessed by multiple-choice and open-ended items. So far, foreign languages have been assessed through checking grammar, reading, and vocabulary. In 2019, test items assessing test takers’ listening skills were used for the first time in school-leaving exams (grades 9 and 11) and university entrance exams (undergraduate and graduate admissions). The aim is to modernize admission exams in the language assessment area and link them to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Contact person: Vali Huseyn (email@example.com)
Created in 2005 by academics from UCLouvain (Université Catholique de Louvain), Altissia International works with higher education institutions from around the world to enhance the opportunities they give their students and help them maximise their linguistic potential. Seeking to nurture an environment that upholds linguistic and cultural diversity, Altissia gathers experts from both education and technology. Its online, adaptive language assessment is the work of pedagogues and linguists active in the field for over 25 years. It is available in all 24 EU official languages, including English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, Italian, and Dutch. The results are aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and broken down by skill. Over 4.5 million people throughout the world have already taken an Altissia language assessment. Headquartered in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, Altissia is also present in Argentina, Canada, Colombia, France, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, South Africa and Spain.
The Federal Public Service “Policy and Support”, a.k.a. BOSA (its acronym), was set up on 1st March 2017 and supports the Belgian federal organisations in various areas. Its Directorate General Recruitment and Development is specialized in HR activities as selection, coaching and training, including language skills official language certifications and language training for adult learners through blended learning. Language training and testing are mostly provided for the three official languages in Belgium, being Dutch, French and German. Our methodology is CEFR-inspired and we focus on the language use in the professional context to ensure high quality service is delivered to both external customers (citizens/clients) and internal customers (staff members/managers). Assessing the receptive and productive second language skills of public personnel belongs to our core missions. Our test centers are located in Brussels and Eupen in Eastern Belgium, thanks to a partnership with the German-speaking Community of Belgium. We test about 10,000 test takers on a yearly basis. Our training center is based in Brussels and we also offer web-based learning solutions.
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.
Since 2003 the European Personnel Selection Office has been responsible for selecting staff for all Institutions and Agencies of the European Union. Our role and core mission is to serve the EU Institutions by providing high quality, efficient and effective selection procedures. In the context of our open competitions, one of the key eligibility requirements for candidates (from all Member States of the European Union) is to have a proven knowledge of minimum two languages out of the 24 official languages of the European Union. Different tests and assessments provided by EPSO are therefore delivered in multiple languages. The level of knowledge required varies between B2 and Cl according to CEFR. Moreover, open competitions for various linguistic profiles such as translators, interpreters and proofreaders also represent a significant part of EPSO's selections, with various specific assessments of linguistic skills in place. Last but not least, another of EPSO's core business processes is the compulsory assessment of the ability to work in a third EU official language for officials already recruited in the Institutions, this before their first promotion. The level required is level B2 of the CEFR. Whether performed internally or outsourced to external service providers, language testing is very much an integral part of our daily business.
Editora Positivo was founded in 1979. It shares its educational vocation with thousands of students and teachers in more than 5,000 schools all over Brazil and in Japan, from preschool to high school, through its teaching systems, textbooks, books, readers, dictionaries and an English teaching solution (PES – Positivo English Solution). It offers teacher training courses to over 50,000 teachers, exams in most of school subjects. For the users of PES – Positivo English Solution, an English as a foreign language programme, it provides EFL books, online material, readers, written and oral exams for preschool, primary and secondary students, and conducts workshops and training sessions for English teachers. PES – Positivo English Solution prepares students for Cambridge English Language Assessment exams in order for them to be tested according to international standards focusing on all of the essential language skills: speaking, listening, vocabulary and grammar, reading, and writing.
National Centre for External Evaluation of Education (NCEEE) is a public institution responsible for conducting external evaluation exams in Croatian educational system. NCEEE has two main objectives: to establish a system for improving the quality of education and to establish a system of standardized evaluation of competencies. Its aim is to fulfill the responsibilities of external evaluation within Croatia’s educational and training system. In that regard the following tasks are stated in NCEEE’s Statute: research and preparation of national standards and exam materials; conduct international proficiency tests, organize and conduct national exams and State Matura; process and analyze results.
The school was established in 1920 and within the framework of language schools it has for long years stood alone with its programmatic conception, guaranteed high teaching standards and the diversity of its courses – and all this “under one roof”. Our school conducts state language examinations at all levels (including examinations for interpreters and translators) as well as a range of international certificates. It also runs the A1 Czech Language Examination for Permanent Residence needed by foreigners outside the European Union who want to obtain permanent residence permit in the Czech Republic.
Axxell was founded on the 1st of August 2008. Axxell offers vocational education for both youngsters and adults. Axxell Multicultural Centre is one of Axxell´s units and it provides integration courses for adult migrants. A team of 35 language and guidance teachers provide Finnish language training, society skills and career guidance for adult migrants in order to help integrate newcomers into Finnish society. Our integration courses are organised in close cooperation with authorities responsible for integration (labour administration, social workers, municipalities etc.) In addition coordinates the consortium established for placement testing (Testipiste, www.testipiste.eu) in Uusimaa region. We take actively part in national and international language assessment and test development projects. We are also one of the training organisations in Finland that organises the National Certificates of Language Proficiency for Finnish as a second language and Swedish.
For over a century, Alliance Française has been the leading cultural network with 850 establishments in 136 countries, and is dedicated to spread the French language and Francophone cultures around the world. As the leading center for teaching French as a foreign language in France, Alliance Française Paris Ile-de-France concentrates its efforts by offering dynamic French classes at all language levels, to nearly 10 000s students from 160 nationalities every year. Located in the heart of Paris the school is equipped with smart-boards, a multimedia resource center, and organizes over 15 free cultural activities per month. An accommodation service facilitates students’ stays. Our offers give the flexibility to select group classes, private lessons and/or workshops, depending on anyone’s aims. It is possible to join a class every Monday, throughout the year. As a pioneer in the field of teaching French to foreigners, the school was awarded the FLE (French as a Foreign Language) quality label for its professionalism in the following five areas: welcome, premises, teachers, education and administration. The Alliance Française Paris Ile de France is a testing center for the French examination: • of the Ministry of Education and the CIEP (The International Centre for Pedagogical Studies) • of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris • of the University of Cambridge Esol
The bilateral German-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AHK Frankreich - German Chamber of Commerce in France) was founded in 1955. It is a non-profit association and part of the international network of German Chambers of Commerce. It supports German foreign trade promotion, advises, consults and represents companies in Germany and France that wish to develop or expand their business activities in the neighbouring country. The training and education department has among others more than 50 years of experience in language testing. It developed in 1996 the WiDaF test, a standardized placement test which guarantees a fast and fair evaluation of international comparable results of German skills in different business environments. According to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), the WiDaF test ranges from A2 to C2. It consists of 150 multiple-choice questions, language skill testing about a wide ranged business vocabulary and workplace situations. Quality assurance and practical relevance is an important point for the developers of WiDaF.
Pipplet is a digital company that specialises in assessing language proficiency. We provide this service in various European languages to professionals in the areas of HR, training, and education. Pipplet is based on 2 strong beliefs: - Language assessments should be about how well a person can accomplish tasks in a given language and context. - New technologies create opportunities that should be seized to improve language assessment practices in business. Pipplet’s assessments are task-based and candidates must respond by speaking or writing in the language within a specific context. The company thrives on using new technology for a better and more reliable linguistic assessment. We strongly believe in combining the expertise of professional language examiners with the power of technology. That is why we developed specialized technology allowing our experts to focus on their know-how, while improving the reliability of the assessments and turnaround time. Pipplet was co-founded by 3 young professionals who share a passion for languages and have years of work experience abroad in various industries. Because of this, they have developed an acute understanding of the challenges facing international communication. They have built a community of language experts around the world, while teaming up with renowned universities in France, such as the Sorbonne University and the ISIT language school, to create their language assessment platform for the next generation.
The Worldwide Bildungswerk is a newly founded Company based in Berlin. WWB provides full digital CEFR paperless language tests. WWB aims at developing digital assessment solutions. It offers tests for participants whereby a fully online assessment experience takes place regardless of the participants’ location. Thereby WWB contributes to the promotion of equal opportunities worldwide. The Organization is a special facility for the development and promotion of language assessment according to CEFR. The starting point is the position that every participant should get the chance to get the highest quality of assessment in order to prove and evaluate his language skills (Reading, listening, writing and speaking comprehension). The performance-oriented Organization has the character of developing language tests due to CEFR and offers these tests in digital forms to participants worldwide. The Organization works on the basis of CEFR framework curricula and fully implements their goals.
The Central Agency for German Schools Abroad (Zentralstelle für das Auslandsschulwesen, ZfA) of the Federal Office of Administration was founded in 1968 and supports over 1,200 schools worldwide. The DSD (Deutsches Sprachdiplom/German Language Certificate) is a joint undertaking of the German Federal Govemment and the federal states (Länder). DSD examinations are taken in more than 65 countries by approximately 80.000 students per year. The tests are designed by the Central Agency for German Schools Abroad (ZfA): • DSD I (A2/B1) provides proof of German language proficiency at the Ievels A2 and B1 of the CEFR. • DSD I PRO (A2/B1) is designed for vocational schools. • DSD II (B2/C1) provides proof of German language proficiency required for admission to institutions of higher education in Germany. Quality assurance is guaranteed through scientific monitoring and evaluation of assessment methodology. The ZfA is a member of various bodies, including the editorial group of the magazine "Fremdsprache Deutsch".
Origó Language Centre is a profit-oriented institution of Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) that focuses on the administration of examinations. The Budapest-based institution operates a nationwide network which administers examinations in the largest universities of the country and in other educational institutions as well. One of the institute’s key tasks is to standardize the assessment of the Hungarian language within the framework of a modern system of examinations.
Speak – Achievements Worth Measuring is a provider of online spoken English tests aligned with the CEFR. Speak offers a quick, accurate, affordable test of natural spoken English for companies and educational institutions. Speak works with companies, universities, and K12 English instruction providers globally and was awarded the Reimagine Education Gold Prize for learning assessments. The test includes measures of listening comprehension, structure and vocabulary, in addition to several parameters of spoken English production. Services include virtual proctoring, an online dashboard for management of tests and reports, API integrations and tailormade assessment solutions. More info at test.speaknow.co
Accademia Italiana di Lingua (AIL), founded in Florence, Italy, in 1984, is an association developing examinations and testing material for learners of Italian as a foreign language. It also provides teachers’ and examiners’ training courses. The AIL tests focus on the following languages skills: Reading, Writing, Vocabulary and Grammar, Listening and Speaking. 32 AIL exam centres in Italy and in other countries organise two to four exams yearly, ranging from A2 to C2. New: A1 from January 2015. In Switzerland, some Business Schools accept AIL exams as part of their final examinations. These exams are also recognized by the Federal Office for Professional Education and Technology (OPET).
The Autonomous Province of Bozen/Bolzano-South Tyrol is a Province with self government in the north of Italy. On the territory of the province three ethnic groups can be found: German (70%), Italian (26%), Ladin (4%). In the public administration of the Province bilingualism is applied, i.e. that in the local offices of the Province and State administration the German language is treated on equal terms as the official Italian language. To ensure the knowledge of both languages, in 1977 an exam was introduced, which every admission applicant for a position in the public service needs to pass and in which the knowledge of both languages needs to be assured. Due to this, both languages are tested in the same exam. The exams are held every working day. In 2014 the exams were aligned to the CEFR and today four levels are offered (C1, B2, B1, A2). In 2017 7,902 applicants were present and 4,218 applicants passed.
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Established in 1993, the CILS Centre is a research centre of the University for Foreigners of Siena (www.unistrasi.it) aimed at planning, developing, producing, administrating and validating the CILS certification. The CILS certification is a qualification issued by the university which declares the level of linguistic and communicative competences in Italian as a foreign language. The CILS exams offer an ample range of levels and uses that correspond to increasingly ample degrees of competence and to different social contexts of language use.
Autonomous Region of Valle d’Aosta – Bilingualism Exam (French/Italian) Italian and French are the official languages of the region, although the local population also speaks a Franco-Provençal dialect and a dialect of German origin in the Lys Valley. Italian is spoken as a mother tongue by the majority of the population, but French is on an equal basis as Italian in education at all levels (from nursery school to University) and bilingualism is applied in the public administration. The Department of Education, University, Youth Policy, European Affairs and Subsidiaries of the Autonomous Region of Valle d'Aosta is responsible for the educational language policies of the region based on its Autonomy Statute. Since 2017, the students of the region in grades 2, 5, 8, 10 and 13 have taken standardized language tests for the French language. All tests, including receptive and productive oral and written skills, are aligned to the CEFR levels.
Società Dante Alighieri (SDA) operates in Italy and worldwide; its mission is to spread Italian language and culture throughout the world. SDA is a European Union National Institute for Culture (EUNIC) member and a founder member of the CLIQ Association (Certificazione Lingua Italiana di Qualità – Italian Language Certification of Quality) together with the Università per Stranieri di Perugia (University for Foreigners of Perugia, ALTE Full member), Università per Stranieri di Siena (University for Foreigners of Siena) and Roma Tre University. CLIQ monitors the quality of Italian language testing activities, in agreement with MAECI – (Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale – the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation). Through its section PLIDA (Progetto Lingua Italiana Dante Alighieri), SDA has developed a 6-level examination system to assess learners of Italian as a foreign language. Every year thousands of candidates take PLIDA exams in 350 PLIDA Exam Centres spread over 50 countries worldwide. PLIDA exams are aligned with the international standards of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and are recognised by MAECI, the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR), The Italian Ministry of Interior, The Italian Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, the Sapienza University of Rome. Furthermore PLIDA promotes best practice in teaching Italian as a foreign and second language, and provides training sessions, refresher courses and guidance to syllabus design. It also provides training for item writers, testers and evaluators.
The Japan Foundation is a public institution in Japan established in 1972. The Foundation has offered the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) since 1984 in cooperation with Japan Educational Exchanges and Services (JEES) . The Center for Japanese-Language Testing is responsible for administering the test overseas, preparing test questions, and making evaluation and analysis of test data. The JLPT is a test for non-native speakers of Japanese that evaluates and certifies their Japanese-language proficiency. In 2018, some 1,009,000 examinees took the JLPT in 86 countries and areas around the world. In addition, the JLPT is used not only to measure ability, but also for a variety of purposes, including employment screening and evaluation for pay raises and promotion as well as to recognize qualifications.
Attanal Al Arabi is an Arabic comprehensive educational project that is based on an integrated strategic vision, along the lines of international curriculum in language teaching approaches. It is a standard and codified Test in Arabic language, which measures the language proficiency and level of the applicant, for academic or functional purposes corresponding to the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and range from A1 for beginners to C2 for language skills at the highest level. Attanal Al Arabi Proficiency test is structured in a computer adaptive format and consists of five fundamental skills: Listening Comprehension, Reading, Structure, Writing, and Speaking.
The European Academy for Coaching & Languages, known as EUROCCL, was founded in 2011 in Amman. EUROCCL’s main focuses are: teaching Arabic and all European languages, providing translation and interpreting services, online courses and language-level tests. EUROCCL is an extraordinary place where students can engage fully in the culture of the language as reflected in the EUROCCL’ motto: “come as a stranger, leave as a friend”. EUROCCL collaborates with entities for the purposes of translation, coaching, and language courses and tests such as: The British Foreign & Commonwealth Office, The British Defense Ministry, The German Embassy in Jordan, etc. EUROCCL is currently developing its own unique Arabic exams for non-Arabic speakers of different levels of learning focusing on military and diplomatic areas. The tests will be based on the highest international and domestic standards for level exams in languages, follow CEFR guidelines and fair assessment.
Bureau ICE is an independent specialist in testing and examining in the Netherlands with a long-standing reputation in language testing. Initially our focus was on developing tests and exams in Dutch as a second language for adult migrants. Gradually Bureau ICE became an allround testing company working for educational institutions, the Dutch and Flemish governments and profit and non-profit companies. Measuring language competence is still one of our major activities, as we develop language tests and exams for all education levels in the Netherlands. We are one of the three government approved developers of the mandatory final exams for primary schools. We are a market leading supplier of language tests in intermediate vocational education: 90% of all institutes have adopted our digital testing system, called TOA, containing hundreds of language tests. In secondary education, we are equally rapidly expanding our expertise on language testing. And for the Dutch government we developed a set of integration exams and the state exam NT2, Dutch as a second language.
Cito is one of the world’s leading testing and assessment companies. Measuring and monitoring human potential has been our core competence since 1968. We work for educational institutions, governments and companies, with learning performance and performance in the workplace as our focal points. Our work builds on the latest developments in ICT and psychometric research. Mission Worldwide, Cito provides and evaluates good, fair tests. Cito’s measurement and monitoring method enables our clients to get an objective analysis of knowledge, skills and competences. This enables sound choices in the area of personal and professional development. Not only do we use our expertise to produce our own work, but also to offer advice, support and research to others.
Universal Esperanto-Association (UEA, founded in 1908, official relations with UN, UNESCO, UNICEF and the Council of Europe), is the largest international NGO promoting the use of Esperanto. It has members in 120 countries and works closely with the International League of Esperantist Instructors (ILEI), its International Examining Board and 50 other specialist organisations. Esperanto teaching, examinations and the training of Esperanto teachers are also offered in partnership with several universities. UEA undertook the translation and published the Common European Framework of Reference in 2007. Together with University Eötvös Loránd/Idegennyelvi Továbbképző Központ (now: ELTE Origó Nyelvi Centrum, Budapest), UEA has developed and administers an examination system according to the CEFR, offering exams all over the world.
The Center for Testing and Certifying Macedonian as a Foreign/Second Language - CETIS MAK of the "Blaze Koneski" Faculty of Philology at the SS. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje is the only center in the Republic of Macedonia that is performing testing and certifying in Macedonian as a foreign/second language according to international standards. The basic activity of CETIS MAK is organizing and conducting the Test in Macedonian as a Foreign Language – ТЕМАК, and issuing an appropriate Certificate on the level of language competence. The Center also organizes teaching courses, training for authorized examiners, preparation of study curricula and syllabi for Macedonian as a foreign language etc.
Norsk Språktest was set up as a collaboration between Folkeuniversitetet and the University of Bergen in the late 1980s. Prior to 2014, Norsk Språktest developed three Norwegian language tests for adult immigrants measuring at CEFR levels from A2 to C1: Norskprøve 2, Norskprøve 3 and Test i norsk – høyere nivå (Test of Norwegian – advanced level, commonly referred to as "Bergenstesten"). Today, however, after some reorganization, Norsk Språktest works exclusively with the Test of Norwegian – advanced level, which measures Norwegian language skills at the B2 and C1-levels. The test is developed mainly for foreigners with secondary education from countries outside of Scandinavia, who are required to document their Norwegian language skills at advanced level when applying for studies or jobs in Norway.
Høgskulen på Vestlandet (HVL) (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences) is one of the largest higher education institutions in Norway with approximately 16.000 students and 1.400 staff. HVL was formed in 2017 through a merge between three university colleges situated in Western Norway and as of 2020 comprises five campuses, of which the campus in Bergen is the biggest. HVL has a professional and working life-oriented profile and offers a broad range of academic programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD levels. HVL is involved in various language assessment-related activities: In collaboration with Vestland fylkeskommune (Western Norway County Municipality) HVL staff develops a test of Norwegian for minority learners in upper secondary school (Vurderingsverktøy for kartlegging av norskferdigheter – for minoritetsspråklige elever i vgs, “Vestlandsverktøyet”). The test is central in making decisions about minority children’s language rights in education. We also provide training in formative and summative language assessment, test ethics, and validity theory for teacher-students and in-service teachers. In addition, we conduct assessment-related research, and offer supervision within the academic field of language testing and assessment.
Camões, Institute for Cooperation and Language/ Camões, Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua, I.P., (Camões, I.P.), is a public body, integrated in the indirect administration of the State, with administrative and financial autonomy. Camões, I.P., within the scope of its mission, in the area of Portuguese language and culture external promotion, coordinates and designs syllabus for Portuguese foreign language courses (PFL), either for class or through e-learning platforms and other cultural subjects. In cooperation with Portuguese or foreign universities, we promote the development of assessment instruments and certification of pedagogical-didactic skills systems for Portuguese teaching and learning, in order to ensure the quality of Portuguese language and culture teaching abroad, through the adequate scientific and pedagogical support.
Eucom was founded in 2002 and is one of the largest B2B language centres in Romania, providing language training and testing services to the corporate sector in 28+ languages, helping companies eliminate language barriers in global communication and hire the best professionals with the appropriate language skills. For language testing and assessment, we have developed a high-tech online platform, the only such instrument in Romania, used by corporations every day to schedule candidates or employees for language testing. Test-takers can take our online test from anywhere in the world, using any device (PC, tablet, smartphone). The test is rated automatically as soon as the test-taker has completed it and the results are immediately displayed on the platform, therefore companies can see them in real time. This is how we help companies shorten their recruitment processes for candidates who must prove language proficiency. These are usually large multinationals, recruitment or business process outsourcing companies.
Founded in 1804, Kazan Federal University is among the 10 best institutions of higher education in Russian Federation. The Institute of Philology and Intercultural Communication of Kazan Federal University is a major provider of undergraduate and post-graduate degree programmes in languages in the Volga Region of the country. Located in the capital of Tatarstan Republic, the Institute hosts the largest number of professors and scholars who teach and research the Tatar language, the mother tongue of the second largest ethnic group in Russia. According to the agreement with the Ministry of Education and Science of Tatarstan, the Institute has established the Tatar Language Certification Center, which currently develops tests for A1-C2 levels.
Pskov State University is one of the 33 basic universities in Russia. The University is a prestigious higher education institution in the Northwest of Russia. It is the сentre for science and culture in the Pskov region. The University has a team of scientists recognized not only in Russia but also abroad. Currently, 70 percent of the teaching staff has scientific degrees and academic titles. The University trains specialists to the benefit of the economic, political, social, historical and cultural sectors of development in the Pskov region – the only subject of the Russian Federation bordering 3 states (Estonia, Latvia and Belarus), which is the main strategic centre in the field of cooperation with the European Union and the Baltic region countries. Training is conducted on 190 educational programs. The University has more than 10,500 students and postgraduates, including more than 1,300 foreign citizens from 41 countries. The University specializes in the Russian language and in Russian as a foreign language, including online training in these fields. It is included in the list of organizations that are authorized to conduct the Test of Russian as a Foreign Language (TORFL) and develops new training programs in these fields.
Established in 1966, the Institute is one of the leading institutions of higher education in Russia in the field of educating Russian language teachers. More than 150,000 students from Russia and from 126 other countries have successfully graduated from the Institute, and more than 400,000 students have completed their education at its international branches. In 2013, the Institute was granted the status of the key institution of the Commonwealth of Independent States in the area of Russian language teaching. The Institute has been developing tests for Russian and Russian as Foreign Language at all levels for different types of learners, including bilingual children. The Institute offers the Test of Russian as a Foreign Language (TORFL) as well as Pushkin Institute Certificate Tests for Russian.
RUDN University (Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia) is one of the leading universities of Russia. Created in 1960, it is a classical university; one of its priorities is to develop linguistics and the scientific school of teaching Russian as a foreign language. RUDN University provides Russian Language classes (all levels) for students from 150 countries. The University makes scientific research in the fields of linguodidactics and language testing; RUDN teachers are part of the TORFL team. In 2014 the university became the main author of the new integration 3-module state exam (the Russian language, the history of Russia, Russian Federation Law basics) promoting social integration of migrants. There are three examination centers at the University developing examinations and testing materials. A special Faculty of refresher training for teachers of Russian as a foreign language provides teachers and examiners’ training courses in Russia and all over the world.
Founded in 1724, St. Petersburg State University (SPbSU) is the oldest institution of higher education in Russia and has, over the 290 years of its existence, gained a reputation as one of the country’s best universities. The SPbSU Language Testing Center was established on August 22 1997 for the purpose of administering the Test of Russian as a Foreign Language (TORFL), a standardized test supervised by the Russian Ministry of Education and Science, and is authorized to issue a state certificate. This certificate is the only official document certifying levels of proficiency in Russian as a foreign language, and is required for admission to Russian universities and entry into citizenship of the Russian Federation.
The Center for Serbian as a Foreign Language is part of Belgrade University, which was founded 200 years ago. The Center reached its 30th anniversary in 2016, and has undertaken much fruitful work over this time. The Center’s activities are focused on three main fields. The first field is teaching Serbian as a foreign language to adults. The one year main courses are based on the six levels of the CEFR, A1 to C2. Every year, 100 to 200 students pass through the Center, and in the last five years, students from more than 128 countries have taken these courses. The second field is scientific research into the methodology of teaching Serbian as a foreign language, which includes organising scientific conferences, publishing and courses for native speakers of Serbian at postgraduate level. The third field is creating exams for adult students based on the CEFR levels, and on different levels for minor students, A1.1 to B2.2. We are creating our own tests for children but we do not give any courses for minor persons, as we are part of the University. The certificates are recognised by all universities worldwide.
The Institute for Language and Preparatory Studies (ILPS) of the Centre for Continuing Education at Comenius University in Bratislava is one of the oldest departments in Slovakia, which since 1960 has provided tuition of Slovak as a foreign language and prepares its students for various degree programmes at home universities. In addition, the ILPS produces learning materials, and organises many cultural and educational activities, e. g. Summer University of Slovak Language and Culture (Letná univerzita slovenského jazyka a kultúry). The institute was awarded the European Language Label for the project of assessing Slovak language proficiency.
TrackTest Online English Proficiency Test Centre is a global provider of online CEFR-based English language proficiency assessment for companies, schools and individuals. TrackTest offers the short English placement test, the detailed English proficiency tests of receptive skills- grammar, reading and listening comprehension for each of six CEFR levels and the English speaking test. Assessment services for companies and language schools include also the online console for bulk management of tests, analysis of the weaknesses and student progress.
The Universidad de Jaén (UJA), in Andalucía, Southern Spain, hosts +17,000 students, 10% of which come from +80 foreign countries. On the road to its internationalization, the UJA has developed high-stakes language proficiency tests since 2011 through the Center for Higher Studies in Modern Languages (CEALM). The UJA is in partnership with Cambridge Assessment and the British Council. The UJA is one of the official examination centres of Instituto Cervantes for the Diplomas in Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE) and constitutional and cultural knowledge of Spain (CCSE) tests. We are also members of the International System for the Certification of Spanish as a Foreign Language (SICELE). The quality of our proficiency tests, linked to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), has already been certified by agencies such as Association of Language Centers in Spanish Higher Education (ACLES), and Andalusian Agency for Evaluation (DEVA). All UJA language proficiency tests follow a strict development process which, amongst others, includes the mapping of texts, item design, expert consultation, and piloting through classical test theory (CTT) and item response theory (IRT) models, as well as a strict administration protocol.
The Universitàt Politecnica de València (UPV), Spain (www.upv.es) is a public, dynamic and innovative institution that is dedicated to researching and teaching. UPV maintains strong bonds with its social environment and a strong presence abroad. Currently, our university community is made up of over 42.000 people. Of these, nearly 37.800 are students, 2.600 faculty and 1.700 are administrative and services personnel. UPV is composed of 10 schools across 3 faculties. The Language Centre (CDL) www.upv.es/cdl offers different services in the field of languages and focuses on: • Training in foreign language. • Language accreditation exams. • Support to UPV teaching staff in the field of foreign languages. • Translation and revision of research papers. CDL is responsible for the administration of the exams. The accreditation is recognised by all Spanish universities adopting the accreditation model of Spanish Association of Language Centres in Higher Education (ACLES, www.acles.es).
The Federation for EDucation in Europe (FEDE) is a Swiss INGO founded in 1963. The FEDE is an official partner of UNESCO and holds participatory status at the Council of Europe and consultative status at La Francophonie. The FEDE brings together over 500 higher and vocational educational institutions across 42 countries. It produces innovative educational programme teaching and assessment guidelines for its members, available in a large range of subject areas. FEDE programmes span from foundation degree to MBA level and include a range of professional skills certificates. All degree programmes feature an obligatory foreign language module. The FEDE plays a key role in connecting isolated territories with the international educational community and promoting and strengthening various world languages. As part of this work it offers a practical and affordable language test that meets the requirements of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Available in six languages (French, English, German, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese), the FEDE Language Certificate encourages the acquisition of intercultural skills, promotes international mobility and cultivates democratic citizenship.
inlingua International Ltd is a licensor for language centers worldwide, and a publishing house for language learning material. Our network of over 300 centers across 35 countries ensures that our standards, unique methods, and materials are employed for high-quality training.The focus of our courses is the spoken language. All courses, materials and tests correspond to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Since its founding in 1968, inlingua has developed placement tests and achievement tests. For placement, we currently have Adaptive Online Tests (AOT) and Progressive Online Tests (POT) for many languages. Achievement tests are given after a course to confirm that the end level of the course is achieved. With over 50 years of experience, leading pedagogical experts from all over the world have made our methods and materials highly effective approaches for language learning.
LingvoTesta Sistemo (LTSEC) of Kultura Centro Esperantista is the only six levels CEFR-based test for Esperanto. KCE's certificates are recognized all over the world by Esperanta Civito (Esperanto Citizens' Community), a transnational consortium structured as a subject of international law. KCE was the first Institutional Affiliate in ALTE for Esperanto to join in 2007. It's a private holidays' high school in La Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland), specialized in courses of and in Esperanto. More info at www.esperantio.net
Over one thousand students are enrolled at the University of Applied Sciences of Special Needs Education (HfH) in the following degree programmes: Master's degree in Special Needs Education, with specialisations in either Special Needs Education in Schools or Early-Childhood Special Needs Education, and Bachelor's level courses in Speech Therapy, Psychomotor Therapy and Sign Language Interpreting. Our programmes combine a sound scientific basis with a practice-oriented approach that train you to become a qualified professional for a career in teaching or therapy. Sign language learning and assessment takes place in different programmers at the HfH.
Ankara University TÖMER, Turkish and Foreign Language Application and Research Centre was first founded under the name of Turkish Language Teaching Centre (Türkçe Öğretim Merkezi) in 1984 with the aim of teaching Turkish to foreign students all around the world. We have been running an online exam called eYADIS, which stands for “Test for Foreign Languages”. It is a benchmark both in Turkey and abroad to evaluate the language skills in Turkish. Procedures concerning eYADIS such as registration, choosing a test date and location, about the test and announcing the results are conducted by our Head Office in Ankara and Branches in other cities across Turkey. Tests in eYADIS are made up of four basic language skills; listening, reading, speaking and writing, the levels of which range from A1 to C1. The exam was created in response to a growing need to certify the level of proficiency in Turkish as a second language.
British Side Educational Services is the top name for quality English language teaching, testing, teacher training and UK study programmes in Turkey. British Side has a mission to provide continuous language learning opportunities for all by establishing the highest academic standards and unrivalled professionalism, utilizing a positive and relaxing learning environment which fosters motivation and engagement. British Side is therefore proud to be the only language school in Turkey accredited by Quality English. Additionally, the school is an authorized test centre of Cambridge Assessment English and Pearson PTE , and a Pearson BTEC centre. British Side provides English language education, and pre-and post-employment testing services to a wide range of corporate companies in different sectors. We are also able to advise customers within organizations of their current English level and guide them on their language needs and ways to improve.
Ministry of National Education (MoNE) is the governmental institution which is in charge for all educational processes between the pre-school and high-school periods in Turkey. MoNE was established with the Turkish Republic and since that time MoNE is the main authority of education and assessments. In 2017-2018 academic year, nearly 18 million students continue their education and more than 900.000 teachers work in diverse education levels of MoNE. MoNE has important experiences in native and foreign language assessment processes with high number of students. As a part of High School Entrance Examination, German, English, Italian & French tests, which are developed by MoNE, are taken by more than 950.000 students in 2017-2018 academic year. Turkey’s Education Vision 2023 emphasizes monitoring students’ language skills in Turkish and foreign languages. Accordingly, MoNE begin the project of four-skill Turkish language assessment in 2018-2019 academic year and four-skill assessments for English is planned. For information: Dr. H. Eren Suna –firstname.lastname@example.org Dr. Sadri Şensoy –email@example.com
Established in 1974 with initiatives from leading universities, the Center for Assessment, Selection and Placement’s (OSYM) main duty has been to administer exams to place high school graduates at universities. Over time, OSYM has become a powerhouse of national exams in Turkey, conducting about 50 exams annually for approximately 10 million test-takers. Paper and online exams are offered for a range of subjects: from science and social sciences subjects to foreign languages. The centre strives to excel not only in developing reliable, valid, fair and user-friendly exams but also in providing high standards of integrity and security on delivery. As assessment is an irreplaceable input in education, future aspirations as well as current practices of educational institutions guide OSYM in designing innovative tests. Being the single official institution to issue foreign language proficiency certificates in approximately 20 languages, OSYM does its best to reflect the most recent and scientific methods of testing in its assessment procedures.
Founded in 2014, Tümer ALTAŞ Eğitim Bilişim Yayıncılık ve Danışmanlık A.Ş is located in Ankara University Technology Development Center. We are a technology-oriented company whose main objective is to provide solutions for educational technology needs, online exam preparation, and testing and assessment. To date, we have been affiliated with 20 state and private universities, to whom we have provided online exam preparation services. TELS® (Test of English Language Skills) is our latest project, which we are proud to offer as an alternative to high-stake exams. TELS® is designed to assess the English language level of test takers objectively. It evaluates each skill (reading, listening, speaking, writing) individually, in order to avoid the potential interference of one skill over another that occurs in integrated tests.
The Yunus Emre Enstitüsü (YEE) is a public organisation founded in 2007 by law in order to promote Turkish culture, language and art abroad, to support cultural exchange as well as to strengthen the relations between Turkey and other countries. The Institute conducts its activities within the framework of the Yunus Emre Foundation. The activities are carried out via 54 institutes located in 43 countries, and 139 contact points in 61 countries that are included in the Turkology Project. Since 2013, the Exam Centre of the YEE has launched a CEFR-based international examination called “Türkçe Yeterlik Sınavı” (Turkish Proficiency Exam – TYS) in accordance with the proficiency definitions and standards of The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The TYS has been recognised by the Turkish Ministry of National Education, Council of Higher Education, universities and state institutions in Turkey. This is in line with the objective of both measuring the proficiency of individuals who learn Turkish as a foreign or second language and proving their Turkish language skills through documentation of interpreters, translators, and prospective teachers. TYS also enables exemption from language preparatory courses for foreign and exchange students who want to study at universities in Turkey. The TYS is administered/set three times a year simultaneously throughout 48 exam centres in 43 countries worldwide, Turkey and the Yunus Emre Institutes abroad. The exam focuses on the following four language skills: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. B2, C1 and C2 levels certificates are also proposed to successful candidates in Turkish. The TYS is currently implemented in the form of a paper-based examination. An online version of the TYS for future application has been in progress. The Exam Centre also provides training/certification programs for testers, examiners and evaluators. The exam calendar and location of application/test centres are announced on our website. For more information: http://www.yee.org.tr/ or http://tys.yee.org.tr/Contact information: Nursel Tan Elmas mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
Golden Staff Study is the largest provider of corporate language training in Ukraine. We have been operating in the market since 2004 and are the most experienced and progressive center of high-quality training that uses innovative methods and high standards. To confirm the quality of the services provided, Golden Staff Study passed twice the ISO 9001 certification successfully. Based on our experience of cooperation with leading Ukrainian companies and representative offices of international corporations we created our own platform for testing the level of English proficiency and developed the Placement Test in Ukrainian. In the future, the platform will be adapted for testing in other languages, primarily Ukrainian. Today our TEST2STUDY platform offers two types of tests: • Placement Test - an introductory test to check the level of passive knowledge of grammar and vocabulary. • Comprehensive Test to check knowledge in all areas: grammar and vocabulary, written and oral language skills, reading comprehension and listening comprehension. Over the past four years, the Placement Test was conducted in 217 companies (more than 12,500 tests), Comprehensive Test - in 20 companies (1,783 people).
Since 1993, Anglia examinations has offered a comprehensive and structured programme of assessing English competence. Anglia’s step-by-step approach to testing helps guide students from beginner level through to full competence. Each of the ten steps is clearly defined with a syllabus, designed to encourage and motivate learners to make clear progress through achievable goals. Since 2014, Anglia Examinations has been working in partnership with AIM Qualifications and Assessment Group to deliver Ofqual approved qualifications at B1, B2, C1 and C2 levels. While Anglia examinations are taken in over 40 countries worldwide, all exams are produced and dispatched from our headquarters in Chichester UK, where they are returned for marking, moderation and certification. We work closely with our representatives in each market area, whose local knowledge allows us to provide a quality but personal service to all our customers.
British English Board (BEB) is an educational institution providing bespoke consultation for schools, Ed Tech companies and publishers, teacher coaching solutions and TESOL courses, language teaching and learning in virtual classrooms, and language testing (BEB Exams) – either online or onsite. We also develop and publish teaching and assessment materials for institutions and individuals. Assessment is one of the cornerstones of the British English Board. "Grammar does not speak®" is a registered motto of BEB, and it reflects the main idea behind our assessment criteria. BEB is powered by a team of experienced educators and academics in the field of the education industry. We aim to bring excellence in language education and assessment with up-to-date modern methods and technologies.
Euroexam International was established in 2001 and provides a suite of English- and German-language exams, which were the first to be based around the can-do statements of the CEFR. With test levels ranging from A1 to C1, Euroexam International aims to provide test takers with an opportunity to demonstrate their skills in motivating and relevant contexts and to enable educational institutions and employers to have a valid and accurate assessment of the language proficiency of prospective students and staff. Euroexam International cooperates with a number of international professional associations and has been invited to participate in language assessment-related projects by the Language Policy Unit of the Council of Europe on multiple occasions. Both exam candidates and teachers benefit from e-learning and other support services, such as thematic face-to-face training courses and webinars. Euroexam International operates a network of over 130 test centres in Europe, Latin America and Russia. With over 300,000 students who have been awarded the Euroexam certificate so far, the exam board is focused on exploring further cooperation opportunities with teaching and testing institutions throughout Europe.
Gatehouse Awards Ltd is an Awarding Organisation recognised by Ofqual, and a number of recognition bodies worldwide. We work closely with schools, colleges, employers and industry-representatives to develop and offer valid, innovative and creative qualifications across the UK and abroad. Our range of English language assessments includes: • ESOL International (IESOL), CEFR Level A1 to C2. The IESOL qualifications offer discrete assessment across the four skills, across the six CEFR levels. • Test of Interactive English (TIE), CEFR Levels A1-B1 and B2-C2 – TIE takes a unique approach to language testing in which speaking, reading, listening and writing skills are considered to be inter-linked and reliant on each other, where receptive language skills support and underlie productive skills. • ESOL Skills for Life, Entry Level 1 to Level 2 – The suite of ESOL Skills for Life qualifications is available in the UK only as it is designed for adult Candidates who live in the UK and who are not native speakers of the English language. Gatehouse Awards Ltd are committed to continuous development and improvement in the field of English language testing, and we actively welcome contact from both individuals and organisations wishing to work with us.
International Independent Schools Authority is one of the most renowned and eminent institutions entitled to grant internationally recognised accredited training. - The biggest TESOL provider in the world; - Homeschooling provider with the support of branch teachers; - Accredited Montessori Training Programme provider; - Authorised distance learning provider; - Authorised provider of ITEL (Independent Test of English Language); - Provider of continual professional development course on-site in the UK;
The IoL Educational Trust, the associated charity of the Chartered Institute of Linguists, serves the interests of professional linguists throughout the world and acts as a respected language assessment and recognised Awarding Organisation delivering Ofqual (The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) accredited qualifications. Qualifications • The IoLET Level 7 Diploma in Translation is an internationally recognised qualification that serves as a benchmark of professional competence in the field of translation. • The IoLET Level 6 Diploma in Public Service Interpreting is one of the highest level public service interpreting qualifications in the United Kingdom; and finally the IoLET Level 6 Diploma in Police Interpreting is a professional qualification for those who work, or would like to work, as interpreters for Police forces in the UK. IoL Educational Trust is now trading as CIOL Qualifications.
LanguageCert is an Awarding Organisation dedicated to language skills assessment and certification. It is a member of PeopleCert, a global leader in the certification industry, that has been delivering millions of exams in 200 countries. LanguageCert develops its own language qualifications and partners with renowned organisations (namely the University of Salamanca & the University of Ankara) worldwide to offer high-quality language skills assessment and certification to the global learners’ community. For the delivery of its own qualifications, as well as for examinations delivered in collaboration with its partners, LanguageCert deploys state-of-the-art, innovative and flexible exam administration technologies and systems developed by PeopleCert, which are tailor-made to each exam’s specific requirements. It also benefits from the excellent customer service that PeopleCert offers 24/7/365 to language schools, teachers and candidates. Vision, mission and core values: • Vision: to be the global leader in language qualifications • Mission: to develop and deliver 'best in class’ language skills assessment and certification programmes that enhance the lives, education and career prospects of candidates across the world • Core Values: Quality, Innovation, Integrity, Passion LanguageCert is regulated by Ofqual and Qualification Wales.
Learning Resource Network (LRN) is an Awarding organisation which creates qualifications for educational institutions, independent learning providers and employers. LRN is recognised for its portfolio of international English qualifications for those who want to provide evidence of their English Language skills for their professional or personal development. These qualifications are internationally recognised as providing proof of the skills and abilities required by educational institutes, professional bodies and governments. LRN also creates qualification in business, enterprise, management, Islamic banking as well as qualifications in education and training. LRN offers its customers qualifications that are easy to deliver, cost effective and user friendly. In producing its qualifications the project team drew upon the experience and expertise of academics, professionals working in the pertinent industries and colleagues with a wealth of practice and knowledge of validation, verification, delivery and assessment.
Oxford University Press (OUP) is the largest university press in the world. As a department of the University of Oxford, it furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. OUP English Language Teaching (ELT) division provides a wide range of English language assessments to support learners. These include adult and young learners’ placement tests, and the Oxford Test of English, an online general proficiency test certified by the University of Oxford. OUP ELT also provides course-based progress tests and exam practice materials for major international tests.
Pearson is the world’s learning company, with expertise in educational courseware and assessment, and a range of teaching and learning services powered by technology. Our products and services are used by millions of teachers and learners around the world every day. Our mission is to help people make progress in their lives through learning — because we believe that learning opens up opportunities, creating fulfilling careers and better lives. Pearson develops and delivers a wide range of assessments for languages. PTE Academic is a test for learners of English who want to prove their skills for Academic study or migration. Pearson also delivers English language tests for general purposes, business and young learners. Pearson qualifications are also delivered in other languages for GCSE and A levels.
SQA develops, assesses and awards qualifications taken in workplaces, colleges and schools and offers wide range of language provision within this context. SQA’s Gàidhlig qualifications, developed to support fluent speakers of Scottish Gaelic, enable learners to read, write, listen and talk in Gaelic for different purposes, audiences and contexts. Our ESOL qualifications develop the skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking in learners whose first language is not English. SQA’s Modern Languages qualifications develop learners’ knowledge and understanding of a range of modern languages: Cantonese, French, Gaelic (Learners), German, Italian, Mandarin (Simplified), Mandarin (Traditional), Spanish and Urdu. In addition to these languages, SQA also provides qualifications in Latin.
UniHouse is a global professional testing, training, consultancy and education service provider. UniHouse helps public and private organisations build skilled workforces and advise on ways to improve performance, build sustainable growth and make positive changes to society and the environment. UniHouse operates in many countries such as the UK, Turkey, Korea, Jordan and Iraq, and works closely with oil and gas companies delivering testing services, capacity-building programmes, technical courses, and students’ placement; ELT courses and TESOL training are also provided. UniHouse is also an IELTS testing center representing IDP Australia in Amman, Jordan, as well as an official OET exam testing center. Contact Person: Mr. Ben Muziek, Capability & Training Manager | Middle East, North Africa, & Asia. Email: email@example.com.
The Duolingo English Test is an innovative and accessible English proficiency assessment for international students and institutions. Available online, on-demand, students can certify their English from their computer—no appointments or travel to test centers. In addition, it is an opportunity for candidates to showcase themselves through a proficiency score, video interview, and writing sample. Results are available within 48 hours and can be shared with an unlimited number of institutions
Since 1987, DynEd International, Inc., has offered one of the most comprehensive lineups of award-winning English language teaching and testing solutions. Thirteen million students in 55 countries learn and certify their English skills with DynEd. DynEd’s programs cover all proficiency levels and include a range of age-appropriate courses from early learners to students in universities, corporations, aviation programs and vocational-technical schools. DynEd courses and testing are approved by ministries of education in several countries. DynEd Pro English Certification programs align to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). DynEd certificates are increasingly accepted to fulfill English language proficiency requirements in universities in the US and around the world. DynEd's headquarters are in the San Francisco Bay Area, home to Silicon Valley, with regional offices in Beijing, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Jakarta, Panama City, Thailand and Hong Kong.
Established in 1961, the MSU English Language Center (ELC) provides English language instruction and testing to international students who are preparing for academic coursework at MSU and for others who seek professional development. The ELC is also involved in teacher-training programs for English language teachers. The ELC’s testing division has developed and administered tests in many areas of the world, including Greece, where it offers the Certificate of English Language Competency (CEFR B2) and the Certificate of English Language Proficiency (CEFR C2). Ultimately, through its testing program students, teachers, and schools are encouraged to focus more on communicative approaches to language learning and to place less emphasis on narrow test preparation practices. The ELC is a member of the consortium of University and College Intensive English Programs (UCIEP). It is also accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation, an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education.