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AAPPL Rater Application

ACTFL is seeking raters for the ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency (AAPPL) language testing program who share our commitment to principled language assessment and instruction. AAPPL raters use rubrics based on the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012 to make accurate, evidence-based ratings of student performance on two components of the assessment: Interpersonal Listening and Speaking (ILS) and Presentational Writing (PW).

This is a consulting role, not an ACTFL staff position. Successful applicants will complete an online certification course; then upon certification as AAPPL raters, they work as independent contractors for Language Testing International (LTI), the language testing office of ACTFL.

Please note that authorization to work in the United States of America without sponsorship by LTI is a requirement for this role. Possession of an F1, J1 or H1B visa is not sufficient for this role

The application deadline is Friday, January 4, 2019. If your application is successful, you will be contacted with further information about the online certification course.


We are currently seeking AAPPL raters in Japanese and Spanish for an online certification course that will begin in late January 2019.


The AAPPL is a large-scale language assessment that addresses the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages. More than 350,000 AAPPL assessments are delivered annually to K-12 students. The three modes of communication are assessed in separate components: Interpersonal Listening and Speaking (ILS), Presentational Writing (PW), Interpretive Reading (IR) and Interpretive Listening (IL). Raters rate student performance on the ILS and PW components only. Learn more about the AAPPL.


The role consists of four main responsibilities, with the busiest periods of the year being mid-March through early June, and November through early December:

  • Complete the AAPPL rater certification process successfully and in a timely manner, and complete re-certification processes as and when required
  • 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 ACTFL's AAPPL quality assurance (QA) advisors for your language(s), as well as to LTI and ACTFL staff, in support of rating and QA activities

Successful candidates will complete an online certification course that will take approximately 20-25 hours. A proficiency level of at least Advanced Mid (as defined by the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012) is required.

We believe this could be a particularly exciting and relevant opportunity for K-12 teachers of world languages and/or ESOL.

Please fill in this application as completely as possible. We estimate the application will take 15 minutes to complete.

If you have any questions please email with the subject line “AAPPL Rater Application”.

Personal and contact information

Please enter your contact information below. If you reside outside the US, please enter additional information in the City field. Throughout the application, an asterisk (*) indicates a required field.


Please list briefly your experience in the following areas:

Language proficiency

Please answer the following for each language in which you will be a rater:

File upload

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Maximum file size is 5 MB. Allowable file extension is pdf.

Work information

(For applicants who are not yet a tester or rater of an ACTFL test) Eligible AAPPL raters will work as independent contractors for ACTFL’s testing office, Language Testing International. It is best for independent contractors to have an Employer Identification Number (EIN) for payment purposes. For more information and to apply for an EIN online, please consult:


The AAPPL is both delivered and rated online, so it is important that AAPPL raters have access to commonly available technology such as broadband Internet, a relatively recent version of one of the commonly used Internet browsers, a computer with functioning audio speakers, a high-quality set of headphones or earphones, etc. Additionally, Internet-based applications (such as learning management systems and web conferencing tools) will be used in training and certification activities, and quality assurance exercises.


Because the AAPPL is taken primarily by K-12 students, there is a high volume of assessments to rate at two points in the academic year: mid-March through early June, and November through early December. It is important that raters be available not only to complete their rating assignments during those periods, but also for norming and other readiness activities in the preceding month, and throughout the year to support various activities relating to the AAPPL testing program.

Thank you for applying for the role of AAPPL rater! If your application is accepted, you will be contacted with details regarding the rater certification process.