Malaysia

British Council launches English assessment test in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, March 7 – The British Council today launched ‘Aptis’, its new global English assessment tool, to evaluate English reading, writing, listening and speaking skills for organisations and institutions.

Director of English Language Services at British Council Malaysia, Sam Ayton, said the Aptis test was suitable for those 16 years old and above and was designed to be flexible, adaptable and accessible to meet clients’ needs.

“The British Council is offering Aptis as part of an end-to-end solution for organisations which are interested in language testing, training, benchmarking and post-training evaluations.

“The content of Aptis can be adapted to suit a specific domain, such as for teaching or travel and tourism, as well as customised to suit specific cultural contexts and variants of English,” she told reporters after the official launch for Malaysia, here.

Aptis is a business-to-business English assessment service available to organisations, not individuals, and it is the latest edition to the British Council’s English and Examination portfolio of products to offer a complete solution for organisations’ English development needs.

Ayton said the English test could be conducted from many locations around the world through three delivery modes, via computer, telephone or pen and paper, and the results were available in an agreed timeframe with the customer.

She said clients could select the core language knowledge module of grammar and vocabulary and combine it with separate skills modules for accurate and relevant testing that meet their needs.

“There are 15 different Aptis packages available. You choose which skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) you want to test based on your requirements, either test a single skill or a mix where different components can be taken together.

“The test fees range from RM106.50 to RM414.50 for one package and a minimum of 20 packages need to be purchased,” she said.

She said the Malaysian Education Ministry had used Aptis on the development of English language proficiency and teaching methodology, with over 5,600 English teachers taking the test in the first five months of its global launch.

Aptis was first launched in the United Kingdom on Aug 22 last year.

For more information on Aptis, visit www.britishcouncil.org/aptis. – Bernama

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