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ACTFL Writing Proficiency Assessments
The Business Writing Test (BWT) and the general Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) are standardized tests for the global assessment of functional writing ability in a language. The ACTFL writing proficiency tests measure how well a person spontaneously writes in a language (without access to revisions and/or editing tools) by comparing his/her performance of specific writing tasks with the criteria stated in the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines – Writing.
ACTFL writing tests are carefully constructed assessments with four to five requests for written responses dealing with practical, social, and/or professional topics that are encountered in informal and formal contexts. The writer is presented with tasks and contexts that represent the range of proficiency levels on the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines — Writing. The tasks and prompts are written in English with the expectation that the responses be written in the target language.
ACTFL writing tests assess writing proficiency in terms of the ability to write effectively and appropriately for real-life writing purposes. They do not address when, where, why, or the way in which an individual learned to write. ACTFL writing tests are not an achievement test assessing a writer’s acquisition of specific aspects of course and curriculum content, nor are they tied to any specific method of instruction. ACTFL writing tests do not compare one individual’s writing to another individual’s writing, but rather compares each individual’s writing to the descriptors for writing.
Official ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test (WPT)
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.