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06/12/2014    S236

United Kingdom-London: IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support

2014/S 236-415238

Prior information notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Official name: British Council
Postal address: 10 Spring Gardens
Town: London
Postal code: SW1A 2BN
Country: United Kingdom
For the attention of: Priyanka Alawattegama, Martin Lowder, Asad Chaudary

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Address of the buyer profile:

Further information can be obtained from:
The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
Body governed by public law
I.3)Main activity
Other: registered charity
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II.B: Object of the contract (Supplies or services)

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
BC Tests Delivery Platform.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 1: Maintenance and repair services
II.3)Information on framework agreement
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:
The British Council has been involved the in the field of English language testing for 65 years. We launched the first of our own BC Tests products in August 20012, a B2B product called Aptis, which has since been followed since by variants for Teachers and Teens. We are aiming to expand our BC-tests business by developing our product portfolio and increasing the number of markets in which our tests are available. This expansion needs to be underpinned by robust quality assurance, and we need a platform that support us in demonstrating the statistical validity and reliability of our products.
The service/solution need the following requirements as a minimum:
It will need to provide platform solution from item management and test creation to item and test monitoring, test delivery and reporting.
An English language e-testing solution that can be delivered in all four skills, speaking, writing, listening, Reading as well as Grammar and Vocabulary on and off line.
An ability to provide an excellent customer experience by being intuitive and user friendly.
An ability to allow the delivery of a variety of different testing products from low to high stakes and with different branding and range of pricing too.
An ability to facilitate distributed e-marking of written and spoken texts.
An ability to support extensive psychometric analysis.
An item banking and authoring solution supporting form generation.
An ability to provide a solution which is operating system and browser agnostic to meet a variety of client testing needs as well as provide the delivery of tests on tablets and phones.
An ability to auto-mark multiple choice pen and paper tests through a scanning solution as well as send pen and paper writing tests for distributed marking.
An ability to be flexible and support future customer led enhancements at speed and with ease.
A level 3 support offer available during and outside UK office hours. (The British Council offers tests in time-zones that are up to -8 or +8 GMT, and in countries that do not have Saturday/Sunday weekend).
An ability to meet our stringent data protection and security requirements.
An ability to provide a clear and transparent change management process.
An ability to provider services within the SLA to meet our specific business needs.
Evidence of a track record of delivering international and in low bandwidth contexts.


This contract is divided into lots: no
II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

72000000 IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support

II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
II.8)Additional information:
The British Council will be conducting a market engagement exercise as part of this PIN to understand the availability of solutions / systems in the market.

If you would like to register interest for the market engagement, take part in the briefing and this project, please register on our e-terndering portal ( by 11.12.2014

Please see in 4.1 additional information about market engagement.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Information about reserved contracts

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about European Union funds
The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.2)Additional information:
Publishing of the market engagement document 12.12.2014. 2 hour briefing session (tele conference) 17.12.2014 from 12:00 to 14:00.
The deadline for your response 14.1.2015 17:00.
VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice: