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AAPPL Rater Certification

The ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) is unlike any other assessment. AAPPL is a web-based proficiency and performance assessment of K-12 standards-based language learning. It assesses tasks across the three modes of communication as defined by the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages.  AAPPL Rater Certification is only awarded in the languages in which the AAPPL is offered, including: Arabic, Chinese, English/ESOL, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Thai.

AAPPL Raters are recruited on an as-needed basis according the volume of AAPPL testing. ACTFL tends to accept applications once a year--typically between November and January. Upon certification, raters will work as independent contractors for ACTFL’s test administration partner, Language Testing International (LTI).

Prerequisite for Becoming a Rater:

  • ACTFL-certified AAPPL raters will rate AAPPL tests from their home computers. As such, a high-speed (not dial up) connection is required.
  • All AAPPL raters must demonstrate a minimum proficiency of Advanced - Mid in the language in which they will rate. If a rater is not an L1 speaker of the language, with all higher education completed in the target language, then an OPIc or OPI will be required to document the rater’s language proficiency. This will be arranged by ACTFL prior to enrollment in the AAPPL certification workshop.
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Ideal candidates have a background in proficiency assessment and preference is given to candidates with a teaching background.

The AAPPL Certification eCourse:

The AAPPL Certification Course is an online course, which includes self-guided modules along with synchronous  and asynchronous activities and meetings. The AAPPL Certification eCourse  requires an estimated 20-25 hours to complete over 4 weeks.

The Certification Process:

  •  Complete all self-guided modules
  • Attend ACTFL-hosted synchronous online AAPPL Familiarization Workshop sessions
  •  Attend virtual office hours hosted by an AAPPL Quality Assurance Advisor as needed
  • Successfully complete the practice and certification rounds of rating of Interpersonal Listening & Speaking (ILS) along with Presentational Writing (PW) samples

The Role of an AAPPL Rater

  • Ability to apply the AAPPL rating criteria to the AAPPL rating process to make sound rating judgements
  • Availability to serve as a rater (LTI-paid consultant) – particularly during the busiest periods of the year (mid-March through early June and November through early December)
  • Rate ILS and PW samples accurately, reliably, and in a timely manner
  • Participate in norming sessions to prepare for the two busiest rating periods and in readiness activities to maintain the rating standards between busy periods
  • Be responsive to AAPPL quality assurance (QA) advisors for your language(s), as well as to ACTFL and LTI staff in support of rating and QA activities

Maintaining AAPPL Certification

Once a rater is certified, they maintain their certification under the following circumstances:

  • The rater maintains an active rating record
  • The rater maintains an acceptable interrater reliability rate
  • The rater participates in the 2 ACTFL-hosted readiness events: an annual norming (January/February) and the mid-year refresher event (August/September)
  • The rater attends ACTFL-hosted virtual office hours, benchmarking activities, or focused re-norming activities based on the need of the rater