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ACTFL Center for Assessment, Research & Development

ACTFL’s Center for Assessment, Research and Development was approved by the ACTFL Board of Directors in May 2016.  The mission of the Center is to support PK-12 schools and institutions of higher education in areas of assessment and articulation:

  • to develop and maintain high-quality language proficiency assessments
  • to train, certify and maintain highly reliable testers and raters
  • to conduct research on proficiency and performance outcomes
  • to collaborate with other language organizations and government agencies to support and promote research in the areas of high-quality language teaching and learning, including examining implications for teacher education. 

Did you know that...

  • ACTFL administers over 700,000 tests per year in more than 120 languages in over 60 countries through Language Testing International, the ACTFL test administration office?
  • ACTFL provides testing support for the U.S. Government and conducts testing according to the  Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) scale? ACTFL’s GSA Schedule is located here.
  • The ACTFL OPI and WPT are recognized by more than 20 state certification boards for teacher licensure?
  • ACTFL assessments are accepted by over 37 states with Seal of Biliteracy programs?
  • CAEP minimal requirements can be demonstrated through the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines, ACTFL OPI and OPIc?

ACTFL Assessments

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) is conducted and rated by certified ACTFL OPI testers. The ACTFL OPIc is rated by certified OPIc raters, and the ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) is rated by certified ACTFL WPT raters, and components of the AAPPL is rated by ACTFL-certified AAPPL raters. Interpretive reading and listening tests are machine-scored.

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.

Assessing SPEAKING Proficiency

ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)
ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview– Computer (OPIc)

Assessing LISTENING Proficiency

ACTFL Listening Test (LPT)

Assessing READING Proficiency

ACTFL Reading Test  (RPT)

Assessing WRITING Proficiency

ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test (WPT)

Assessing Grades 5-12 Proficiency and Performance

ACTFL Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL)

ACTFL Latin Interpretive Reading Assessment (ALIRA)