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Find out which tests have the ALTE Q-Mark

The ALTE Framework shows whether an exam of our member organisations has the Q-Mark, following a successful audit. It also allows comparison using the CEFR levels of the different tests in different languages.

The ALTE Q-mark is a quality indicator which member organisations can use to show that their exams have passed a rigorous ALTE audit and meet all the core requirements of ALTE's 18 quality standards. The Q-mark demonstrates that ALTE member organisations aspire to consistent standards of quality and excellence in their exams.

The Q-mark indicates that the quality profile of an exam or suite of exams has been thoroughly audited by an ALTE auditor and the outcome of this audit was 'resolved'. The outcome remains valid for a period of five years or until there is a significant change in their validity argument for successfully audited exam(s). The Q-mark is only awarded to the audited exam(s), not to the organisation as a whole.

The Q-mark allows test users to be confident that an exam is backed by appropriate processes, reliable procedures and criteria, and consistent standards.

Only the exams of ALTE members and applicant ALTE Associate Members, meeting certain criteria, can undertake an ALTE audit process.

You can also download a guide to the ALTE Q-mark for testing organisations here.

 Informationen für anerkennende Stellen in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz

 Information for recognising bodies in Germany, Austria and Switzerland

Informationen für anerkennende Stellen (Visastellen, Einwanderungsbehörden usw.) zu Sprachprüfungen mit dem Qualitätssiegel Q-Mark der Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE) - März 2024. Informationen auf Deutsch und Englisch. 

Information for recognising bodies (immigration authorities, etc.) regarding language tests with the ALTE Q-Mark. March 2024. Information in German and English. 

Procedures for Auditing (PfA)

The PfA (latest version - April 2022) was produced by the QMS Working Group and contains all the detailed procedures for auditors and for organisations being audited. 

ALTE QMS Working Group

The ALTE QMS WG reviews and edits the audit procedures. Members of the QMS WG meet usually three times per year, and work in close collaboration with the Standing Committee to discuss and improve current procedures. 

Learn more about the Standing Committee and the work that the QMS WG is currently doing. 

ALTE Minimum Standards

ALTE has established a set of 18 common standards for its members’ exams, which cover all stages of the language testing process, and are used in the Q-Mark audit process. These involve: 

  • test construction; 
  • administration and logistics; 
  • marking and grading; 
  • test analysis; 
  • communication with stakeholders.

As a result, exams' users - whether individuals, employers, educational institutions or government bodies - can be confident that the language tests devised and delivered by ALTE members meet strict professional standards and accurately reflect test takers' abilities.

Read the Minimum Standards (MS) in the following languages:  

Български    Català    Cymraeg    Čeština     Deutsch   English    Español     Eesti    Euskara    Français     Gaeilge     Galego     Magyar       Italiano    Lëtzebuergesch  Lietuvių    Nederlands     Norsk (bokmål og nynorsk)     Polski    Português  Русский    Slovenščina    Suomi     Svenska

Introduction of the ALTE MS18 - 2024

The MS18 will be introduced in the ALTE Audit System from 1st July 2024. 

You can find a complete report on the creation of this new MS clicking here.

AUDITS - Upcoming Training and Events

The next events related to auditing will be online, via the Microsoft Teams platform, in November 2024 (date tbc),
please see our Events page for more details and to register (please log in into your personal ALTE account to see the event). We run an Orientation session for organisations thinking about having an audit. This is a prerequisite for becoming an ALTE Full Member. Orientation sessions are also suitable for members of staff in existing Full Members who will engage in the ALTE auditing process but have not personally had relevant training before. We also run training for existing auditors to ensure ongoing professional standardisation.

 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 2023 | Swedish Translation © Stockholm University 2024 | Catalan Translation © Generalitat de Cataluyna 2024 | German Translation © Goethe Institut and ÖSD 2024

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