British Council


The test fee for Aptis ESOL is VND2,000,000.

The minimum age to take Aptis ESOL is 16 years old on the test day. If the test taker is 16 or under 18 years old on the test date, a completed parental consent form signed by a parent or guardian should be submitted to registration centres no later than five days before the test day.

Information about taking Aptis ESOL will be provided by your university, school or organisation. Currently, candidates can register through Aptis Distributors at https://aptistests.vn/. Candidates cannot register through the British Council directly at the moment.


You might feel a bit nervous about your Aptis ESOL test day. So that things go smoothly as possible for you, we’ve put together some information to help you understand what will happen on the day of your test.

You will need to arrive in good time for your Aptis ESOL test. Your confirmation email will provide you with timings and procedures on the test day. If you arrive late, you will not be allowed to take the test. You will receive an email at least three days before the test so you will know at what time your test starts.

Make sure you are prepared and have something to eat and drink beforehand. You will not be allowed to take food into the test room, and you will only be allowed to take water in a transparent bottle.

How long does the test take?

The Grammar and Vocabulary, Listening, Reading and Writing and Speaking tests take about three hours and there are no breaks between the parts of the test. The order in which these tests are taken may vary.

What do I need to bring into the test room?

You need to bring the same document you used when registering, which can be:

  • a valid passport; or
  • a valid National Identity Card (ID)

No other documents or photocopies will be accepted. Failure to bring a valid document will mean that you will not be able to take the test.

Policy about presenting identification documents for Aptis ESOL test takers.

  • What do I do with my belongings on the test day?

Before the test, you will need to leave all your belongings in a designated place. Any electronic devices, including mobile phones and watches, are not allowed in the test room. The British Council is not responsible for loss or damage to your personal belongings at the test venue. Therefore, we strongly recommend you not to bring any valuable items. 

  • When is my identity checked?

The Aptis ESOL test venue staff will check your identity when you arrive and during the test.

Please bring the same valid ID/identification document (national identity card or passport) you used when you registered your test. 

Invalid or expired ID/identification documents will not be accepted. If you cannot provide valid ID, you will not be able to sit the test.

  • What if I need assistance during the test?

If you have any questions during the test, raise your hand to ask for help.

When you take the Listening test, check that you can hear the sound properly. Raise your hand straightaway and let the invigilator know if you cannot hear the recording.

When you take the Speaking test, check that your microphone can record the sound perfectly. Raise your hand straightaway and let the invigilator know if your microphone got troubles.

If you need to go to the bathroom during the test, raise your hand to attract the attention of the invigilator. Do not disturb other test takers.


If you are taking Aptis ESOL, it is important to familiarise yourself with the test format and task types.

Aptis ESOL Candidate Guides

Find out more about all parts of the test—core grammar and vocabulary, reading, listening, writing, and speaking. 

More Preparation Materials for Aptis ESOL

Watch the introductory videos for each of the components, take a demo test, and check out the preparation tips for Aptis ESOL.

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