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ALTE Courses               

ALTE offers regular training and development opportunities for assessment professionals, teachers, language schools owners and staff, and all those with an interest in the use and design of language assessment.

Our range of courses varies from our standard courses to bespoke training, developed around  a particular need of an organisation.

Please see below, or check our Events page, to find out which courses will be taking place soon.

Discover how ALTE can help you and your organisation 

Our  courses are open to  both member, and non-member organisations.

ALTE Short courses

Our short courses are held over 1 to 3 days and designed around the needs of  assessment professionals.  We can  tailor these courses around your direct needs Before we start the course, we will ask you to complete a short needs questionnaire, so we can assess your needs  in more detail.

In our programme of courses we have:

We offer both an online delivery of the courses using MS Teams, or face-to-face courses which are normally held in conjunction with ALTE conferences.  The courses take place in the days before the conference.

We are always interested in developing new courses, so if there is an element of assessment not covered in the existing programme, please contact us for a discussion.  We may create a bespoke course, or add new courses to the list.

Contact us at the  ALTE Services Unit:

ALTE Long courses

Our long courses are usually held over a two week period and consist of online tutorials, independent, offline work, and tutor support.

Our 'Introductory Course in Language Testing' runs twice a year, in March and in September. 

To register for the September 2024 edition please click here: REGISTRATION

Check our Events page to sign-up for the upcoming course.

ALTE Consultancy Services 

Our  Consultancy services are a growing part of the ALTE offer and are available for both member and non-member organisations. 

Our expertise in many areas of language assessment makes us a great partner to advise on and help shape policy in a number of topics.  Previous projects have included:

  • language assessment for governments,
  • language assessment policy,
  • language assessment for migration purposes,
  • language policy frameworks,
  • CEFR aligned curricula,
  • language test adaptation,
  • technology in language assessment

Our staff and collaborating consultants are experts in their respective fields, and are happy to share their expertise to improve language testing around the world.

Please get in touch with the ALTE Services Unit: to find out more. 

Validation Services

The ALTE Services Unit also offers a range of services to exam providers and to small teams working in language assessment. This includes statistical analysis of exams and items, analysis of rater performance, reports on candidate characteristics, research into exam and language use at regional and national level, preparation for audits, editing and review of reports, and preparation of articles or presentations on assessment. 

Recent undertaken projects have included:

  • Rasch and item analysis reports on the performance of items in pre-testing and live testing;
  • Analysis of rater performance in speaking and writing assessment;
  • Review of articles on training and monitoring of raters pre-submission to academic journals;
  • Research on the impact of introducing external assessment into national secondary education;
  • Pre-submission review of audit documentation for exam providers;
  • EU Funded research and a report on the use of the host country language in the workplace by migrant workers.

If you would like to request support in any of the offered services, please contact the ALTE Services Unit: .
Support is available for teams and individuals from both member and external organisations. 

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

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