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Aptis ESOL is an English language qualification designed and developed by British Council language testing experts. It is regulated by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation in England. 

Aptis ESOL assesses English language proficiency in all four skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing, at all levels from A1 to C2 on the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference). 

Aptis ESOL is developed by British Council language assessment experts and validated in a number of studies by independent researchers.  The test is delivered in invigilated face-to-face sessions under strict security. This allows us to guarantee the reliability of the test taker’s results, which are quick, accurate and delivered in just 48 hours.

Aptis ESOL is:

  • regulated by Ofqual  
  • validated by research 
  • delivered securely
  • available with flexible testing options
  • a reliable, recognised proof of level at an affordable price 

For Organisations

Employers and organisations use Aptis ESOL to validate the level of English of their candidates, employees or students to ensure that they meet proficiency requirements. Aptis ESOL can be easily integrated into your existing procedures to meet your specific needs.

For Individuals

At West London College, we also allow individuals to register and take the Aptis ESOL exam; this helps you to certify your English level according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and meet the language requirements of your organisation.

You can find preparation materials on the British Council’s website here, including candidate guides and useful videos.

Aptis ESOL

For Organisations

We offer a block-booking service for schools, colleges and other organisations. We can enrol a bulk number of students to take the Aptis ESOL test on the same date at our Hammersmith & Fulham College. Please email for further details.

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For Individuals

While this exam is usually pre-authorised by the company requesting it, at our Hammersmith & Fulham College test centre, you can register yourself. Please email us to request a registration form.

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Getting to Hammersmith & Fulham College

The nearest underground tube station to Hammersmith & Fulham College is Baron’s Court. If you are driving, please use ‘West London College, Gliddon Road‘ on Google and Apple Maps. If you have to drive, please search for the nearest available car park on the NCP website. The pedestrian entrance to the college is by the large stairwell on the corner of Gliddon Road and Talgarth Road.

There are cafes and food shops conveniently located near Baron’s Court station. Vending machines and water fountains are also available.

APTIS ESOL Results and Certificates

The results from Aptis ESOL are available  48 hours after the date of the test, excluding weekends and public holidays.

The results are presented in two ways:

  • Numerical score: A score from 0 to 50 for each component
  • CEFR level by skill: A CEFR level is allocated for each skill
  • An overall CEFR level

Aptis ESOL scores reflect the ability to understand and communicate in English in all four skills. Find out more about how Aptis ESOL is scored and how to read the score report.

Certificates are sent by post.

Enquiry on Results

If you are not happy with your results, you can request your test to be re-marked for an additional fee. This service is known as Enquiry on Results.

You can make an Enquiry on Results request at any point up to eight weeks after the test day by sending an email to EFL@wlc.ac.uk

View the Aptis ESOL Appeal Policy.

If you believe that your performance may be affected by ill health, by the way in which the test is delivered at the test centre or for any other reason, please inform an Aptis ESOL invigilator on the date of the test. You must submit your complaint to the test centre before you leave the test centre on test day. Complaints relating to the conduct of the test will not be accepted after test day.

Cancellation and Transfer Policy

If you are taking Aptis ESOL and wish to cancel or transfer your test date, you can do this under the following conditions:

  • If you cancel your test date within 14 days of your booking confirmation, you will receive a full refund and no administration fee will apply. Alternatively, you can move your test date free of charge to any other available time, venue and location within the country
  • If a refund request is submitted outside the 14-day cancellation period but no later than 48 hours prior to the test date, you will receive a full refund. Alternatively, you can move your test date free of charge to any other available time, venue and location within the country
  • If you cancel your Aptis ESOL test registration outside the 14-day cancellation period and less than 48 hours before your test date, no refund will be issued, and you will not be able to reschedule your test date

Please contact us at EFL@wlc.ac.uk if you have any questions.

Special Arrangements

If you need special arrangements for your test date, please email us at EFL@wlc.ac.uk six to eight weeks before the test date and let us know:

  • the test date you want to register for and the test location
  • the type of special arrangements you require

You will also need to support your request with medical evidence, which should:

  • be legible and issued within the last two years
  • be an original document on headed paper and bearing the name, relevant qualification(s), signature of a recognised practitioner and a stamp
  • give a clear statement of your disability and a list of special arrangements for your test.

Find out more about the special arrangements that can be provided for Aptis ESOL here.

Candidates are expected to behave in an acceptable, respectful manner. Our Test Centre follows the guidelines concerning Zero Tolerance. Any incident in which an employee is abused, threatened or assaulted in circumstances relating to their work is unacceptable and not tolerated. Candidates who use abusive language or demonstrate threatening behaviour will be immediately asked to leave the premises and may be reported to the Aptis ESOL Head Office.

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