AAPPL Tasks & Topics

The AAPPL is designed to emphasize the relationship between classroom performance and real-world language proficiency. While spontaneity is a hallmark of proficiency, proficiency does not develop spontaneously. In keeping with our motto, “practice makes proficient,” ACTFL releases general topics annually that allow teachers to create classroom- and homework-based opportunities for students to practice tasks across all modes of communication within familiar contexts.


ACTFL’s Assessment of Performance towards Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) brings the 5 C’s of the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages into a modern proficiency and performance-assessment environment. To that end, students are presented with a series of tasks in each communication mode. These tasks are informed by the functions described in the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines.

AAPPL Topics

To facilitate your curriculum planning, we provide an overview of the topics associated with each communication mode addressed in the test. Click on the test below to see the topics:

Practice with Tasks & Topics

While topics generally reflect the content areas for the AAPPL, ACTFL encourages educators to work across a wide variety of content domains to encourage the development of communicative abilities across the broad contexts experienced outside of the classroom. This is key to taking an overall proficiency-oriented approach. View the table of tasks for each communication mode by proficiency level.

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