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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 training 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 and the Universidad de Salamanca. 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. 

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.

Who we are 

ALTE doesn't create its own language tests, but recommends its Members' tests that have ALTE's "Q-Mark": the mark of language test quality, which you should refer to if you are looking for a test that has ALTE recognition.

Discover ALTE's history, check our list of Full Members and Associate Members, our Special Interest Groups, or learn more about the structure and administration of our association. 

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. 

We also run a Services Unit which provides courses and consultancy to Members and non-Members.

 Find out what happened at our

 8th International Conference

 in Madrid in April 2023

ALTE - the Association of Language Testers in Europe is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), registered in England, charity number 1184799.

Spanish Translation © Instituto Cervantes and University of Salamanca 2024 | French Translation © France Éducation International 2024 | Italian Translation © University for Foreigners, Perugia 2024 | Dutch Translation © CNaVT 2024 | Romanian Translation © Babeş-Bolyai University 2024 |  | Portuguese Translation © CAPLE-University of Lisbon 2024 | Swedish Translation © Stockholm University 2024 | Catalan Translation © Generalitat de Cataluyna 2024 | German Translation © Goethe Institut and ÖSD 2024

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