AAPPL – ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages

The ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) Measure is a performance assessment of Standards-based language learning across the three modes of communication (Interpersonal, Presentational, and Interpretive) as defined by the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning. AAPPL Measure assesses Interpersonal Listening/Speaking, Presentational Writing, Interpretive Reading, and Interpretive Listening.

Test Length: The four components of the test take approximately two hours combined. Each component can be administered separately. AAPPL Measure can be ordered as a combined four-component test or in other bundled options.

Test Format: AAPPL Measure is delivered over the internet, under proctored conditions, and requires headphones with a microphone.

Test Forms: There are two forms of AAPPL Measure that assess different ranges of language ability. Form A is generally for students in the Novice and Intermediate ranges according to the ACTFL Performance Descriptors for Language Learners; Form B is appropriate for students in the Intermediate to Advanced ranges.

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Test Content: AAPPL Measure assesses the ability to engage in linguistic tasks on topics of personal, social, and academic relevance across the three modes of communication. Each task, such as writing an e-mail message, video-chatting in the target language, or making selections from something heard or read, takes place in the context of the language classroom.

Rating: A single AAPPL Score, according to the ACTFL Performance Scale (see chart above), is issued for each component of the test (Interpersonal Listening/Speaking, Presentational Writing, Interpretive Reading and Interpretive Listening). Test takers receive a written AAPPL Measure Score Report consisting of an AAPPL Score for each component, a brief narrative explaining each score and recommendations for improvement. Official scoring is conducted by ACTFL Certified AAPPL Raters.

Languages: AAPPL Measure is currently offered in Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, German, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

To visit ACTFL’s website and learn more, click here.

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