Our mission

Our constitution sets out our mission. In practice, we include the following aims in what we do:

  • establish quality standards and principles of good practice for all stages of the language testing process;
  • promote transnational recognition of language certification;
  • improve the quality of language assessment through joint projects, sharing best practice, and the work of special interest groups
  • provide training and enhance assessment literacy among language professionals and the wider community;
  • raise awareness of issues relating to language testing through regular meetings;
  • promote the benefits of plurilingualism/multilingualism and language learning;
  • provide thought leadership through international conferences;
  • achieve positive impact on educational processes and on society in general.

These are often broken down into three overarching areas: Setting Standards, Sustaining Diversity and Maximising Impact:

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. The ALTE Q-Mark is awarded to those examinations which have gone through a successful audit. For more, see our Q-Mark page.

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.         

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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.

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