The Association of Language Testers in Europe – is an association of institutions within Europe which provide language certification.
The concept of ALTE was initially formed by the Universities of Cambridge and Salamanca late in 1989. There are 34 members, representing 27 European languages. Each member provides examinations of the language which is spoken as a mother tongue in their own country.
ALTE addresses the need for transferability of qualifications across Europe
An ALTE certificate establishes a person's language level both professionally and academically. It also allows one to make meaningful comparisons between qualifications gained in different countries.
It is crucial for employers to know which particular language qualification it is realistic to demand when advertising a post, and employees have an interest in being able to rate their own present level of expertise and future training needs.
Since 1990 the members of ALTE have been working together to devise a means of describing and comparing their examinations.
The chart below compares the traditional English level nomenclature with the CEF and ALTE levels. It also indicates which specific qualification describes a person's level of English.
European Chart for International Exams
|Beginner||1 A1-||YLE Starters||A1|
|Elementary||2 A1+||YLE Movers||A1/A2|
|Pre-intermediate part A||3 A2-||YLE Movers/Flyers||A2|
|Pre-intermediate part B||4 A2+||YLE Flyers/KET||A2|
|Intermediate part A||5 B1-||PET||B1|
|Intermediate part B||6 B1+||PET||B1|
|Upper-intermediate part A||7 B2-||FCE/IELTS(5),
|Upper-intermediate part B||8 B2||FCE/IELTS(5.5-6),
|Advanced part A||10 C1-||CAE/IELTS(7),
|Advanced part B||11 C1||CAE/IELTS(7.5-8),
|Pre-proficient||12 C1||Minimum score at Proficiency/IELTS(8.0)||C1|