Code of Practice


The ALTE Code of Practice defines the standards that current and future members agree to meet when producing their examinations and facilitates comparison of members’ tests in terms of quality as well as level. The Code of Practice also identifies the responsibilities of the main users of examinations, namely:

  • Developers – those who construct and administer examinations as well as those who set policies for particular testing programmes
  • Users – those who select examinations, commission examination development services, or who make employment or educational admissions decisions on the basis of examination results
  • Takers (or Candidates) – those who take examinations, either by choice or because they are required to do so.

The roles of developer and user can overlap, as when a state education agency commissions examination development services, sets policies that control the development process, and makes decisions on the basis of the results. In addition, although ALTE is primarily concerned with the development and administration of examinations, as the decisions made by users have a direct effect on takers, the obligations of users are also covered in the Code of Practice.

The ALTE Code of Practice safeguards the rights of takers in four areas:

  • examination development
  • interpretation of exam results
  • fairness
  • information.

The ALTE Principles of Good Practice document is available in 22 languages – click here for more information.