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Did you know that...
- ACTFL offers oral proficiency testing in more than 100 languages and ACTFL writing proficiency testing in 18 languages?
- The ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI), the ACTFL Writing Proficiency (WPT) the ACTFL Reading Proficiency Test (RPT), the ACTFL Listening Proficiency Test (LTP) and the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview Computer Test (OPIc) are recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education (ACE)?
- ACTFL provides testing support for the U.S. Department of Defense and conducts testing according to the US Government’s ILR scale?
- The ACTFL OPI and WPT are recognized by more than 20 state certification boards for teacher licensure?
- NCATE minimal requirements can be demonstrated through the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines, ACTFL OPI, OPIc and Advanced Level Check.
ACTFL Proficiency Assessments and the actfl testing office (LTI)
ACTFL currently offers a number of options for assessing (interpersonal) speaking, (interpretive) reading and listening and (presentational) writing skills. ACTFL assessments determine functional language ability as described in the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines. The ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and the ACTFL Advanced Level Check are conducted and rated by certified ACTFL OPI testers. The ACTFL OPIc is rated by certified OPIc raters, The ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) is rated by certified ACTFL WPT raters.
ACTFL proficiency tests are currently being used worldwide by academic institutions, government agencies and private corporations for purposes such as: academic placement, student assessment, program evaluation, professional certification, hiring, and promotional qualification. Teacher certification boards in more than 20 states require evidence of spoken and/or written language competency as demonstrated through official ACTFL ratings. More than 200,000 ACTFL tests are conducted yearly through LTI, the ACTFL Testing office.
ACTFL Assessment Options for Measuring SPEAKING Proficiency
ACTFL Assessment Option for Measuring LISTENING Proficiency
ACTFL Assessment Option for Measuring READING Proficiency
ACTFL Assessment Option for Measuring WRITING Proficiency
The ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) is a valid and reliable means of assessing how well a person speaks a language. It is a 20-30 minute face-to-face or telephonic interview between a certified ACTFL tester and an examinee. The interview is interactive and continuously adapts to the interests and abilities of the speaker. The speaker’s performance is compared to the criteria outlined in the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012 - Speaking or the Inter-Agency Language Roundtable Language Skill Level Descriptors – Speaking. The interview is double rated and an Official ACTFL Oral proficiency Certificate stating the candidate’s proficiency level is issued to the candidate.
Official ACTFL OPIs are currently available in the following languages: Afrikaans, Akan-Twi, Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Baluchi, Bengali, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Burmese, Cambodian, Cantonese, Cebuano, Chavacano, Czech, Dari, Dutch, Egyptian, English, French, Georgian, German, Greek (Modern), Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hausa, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong/Mong, Hungarian, Igbo, Ilocano, Indonesian, Iraqi, Italian, Japanese, Javanese, Kazakh, Kashmiri, Korean, Kurdish, Lao, Levantine, Malay, Malayalam, Mandarin, Marshallese, Nepali, Norwegian, Pashto, Persian Farsi, Polish, Portuguese Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Serbian Croatian, Sindhi, Sinhalese, Slovak, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Tajik, Tamil, Tausug, Telugu, Thai, Tigrinya, Turkish, Turkmen, Uighur, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Wolof, Wu and Yoruba.
This is a truncated OPI to determine whether the candidate meets or does not meet the minimal criteria for a rating of Advanced Low as described in the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012 - Speaking. The interview is conducted telephonically by a certified ACTFL tester and then is double rated. An ACTFL Advanced Level Check Certificate is issued to those who meet the criteria for the Advanced Low rating.
Official ACTFL Advanced Level Checks are currently available in all the languages in which an OPI can be taken.
The OPIc is an internet delivered test which provides valid and reliable oral proficiency testing on a large scale. It was developed in response to the increased worldwide demand for the testing of oral language proficiency. The computer delivered assessment emulates the ‘live’ OPI, but delivery of questions is through a carefully designed computer program, and via a virtual avatar. Thus the test can be taken on demand, and at at a time convenient to the candidate and proctor.
The goal of the instrument is the same as the OPI: to obtain a ratable sample of speech which a rater can evaluate and compare to the ACTFL or ILR Proficiency Guidelines in order to assign a rating. The current version of the OPIc rates the full range of the ACTFL scale, from Novice through Superior.
Official ACTFL OPIcs are currently available in the following languages: Arabic, Bengali, English, French, German, Indonesian, Korean, Mandarin, Pashto, Persian Farsi, Russian, Spanish and Tagalog
The Listening Test for Professionals® (LTP) is a standardized, computer-delivered test for the global assessment of listening ability in a language. LTPs measure how well a person understands spoken discourse as described in the ACTFL or ILR rating scales. The listening passages and multiple choice questions and answers are presented in the target language.
Designed by testing experts, LTPs are carefully constructed assessments which evaluate Novice to Superior levels of listening ability. Most commonly, the test is administered to assess a specific range of proficiency from Novice Low to Intermediate Mid; Intermediate Mid to Advanced Mid, and Advanced Low to Superior
English and Spanish. New languages to be introduced in 2012 are French, German, Portuguese, and Russian.
The Reading Test for Professionals (RTP) is a standardized, computer-delivered test for the global assessment of reading ability in a language. RTPs measure how well a person understands spoken discourse as described in the ACTFL or ILR rating scales The reading texts and multiple choice questions and answers are presented in the target language.
Designed by testing experts, RTPs are carefully constructed assessments which evaluate Novice to Superior levels of reading ability. Most commonly, the test is administered to assess a specific range of proficiency from Novice Low to Intermediate Mid; Intermediate Mid to Advanced Mid, and Advanced Low to Superior
English and Spanish. New languages to be introduced in 2012 are French, German, Portuguese, and Russian
This is a proctored, standardized test for global assessment of functional writing ability, measuring how well a person writes in a language by comparing the performance of specific writing tasks with the criteria stated in the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012 - Writing. Tests are double rated and an official ACTFL WPT certificate is issued to the candidate.
Official ACTFL WPTs are currently available in the following languages: Albanian, Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish.