China's Ministry of Education and the State Language Commission have jointly issued the country's first evaluation scale for English language ability (CSE) at the beginning of 2018. As the first evaluation standard for Chinese English learners, CSE is oriented on the usage of English and pays more attention to the cultivation of English practical ability.

On the 9th Meeting of the UK-China High Level People-to-People Dialogue in December 2016, the Ministry of Education of China and the British Council signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to confirm the cooperation on the mutual recognition between British English tests (including IELTS and Aptis) and China's Standards of English Language Ability. Aptis has become the first English test linked up with both the CEFR and the CSE.

With the launch of the standard, the linkage between Aptis and CSE is ongoing, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2018. Through Aptis, teachers and students could have a clear understanding of their English levels from both Chinese (CSE) and international (CEFR) standards, which better enhance the quality of English teaching and assessment, and improve the English practical ability effectively.

 What is CSE?

CSE , referring to China's standard of English,  defines three categories of English language ability-basic, intermediate and advanced-with nine levels altogether. the English proficiency standard lays down detailed requirements for listening, speaking, reading and writing. It also includes practical skills, such as translating, where standards are rare worldwide.

How to use Aptis for better understanding of CSE?

" CSE has a big positive impact on the students who study externally and internally. When the linkage is completed, Chinese students who participate in the Aptis test have a clear understanding of their English levels from both Chinese (CSE) and international (CEFR) standards."

---Director of English language assessment, Barry O’Sullivan


How Aptis can help to improve the English practical ability?

"Aptis focuses on the English  proficiency based on the communicative skill, consistent with the direction of China's education reform. Test takers have a clear understanding of scores corresponding English ability, which have a clear guidance for students, parents and teachers.  "


---Director Examination East Asia, Steve Adams


How to use CSE have a better understanding of your English ability?

"Language proficiency is the first priority when studying language. CSE describes the ability of listening, speaking, reading, writing and translating, especially adding speaking and translating, which means the importance of enhancing English practical ability. Chinese English assessment system is transforming from accumulation of English-based knowledge to language practical ability. The launch of CSE will change the Chinese assessment system, which will have a meaningful influence on the Chinese English teaching and students learning. CSE also could help the younger generation speak English more fluent who will play important roles in the future."

--- Director Examination China, Tim Hood


"CSE is similar to a height ruler, which can be used to measure the English proficiencies of different people. It plays a positive role in promoting the quality of the test and advancing multi-layered assessment. From now on, CSE will align itself with international English language tests like IELTS and Aptis to realize the standardization of English proficiency assessment."


--- Beijing Foreign Studies University, HAN Baocheng