ACTFL Listening Proficiency Test® (LPT)

To take a demonstration version of the ACTFL Listening Proficiency Test® (LPT) in English, click here and leave the username and password blank.To download a familiarization manual, please click here.

The ACTFL LPT is a standardized test for the global assessment of listening ability in a language. LPTs measure how well a person understands spoken discourse as described in the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012 – Listening. All listening passages are in the target language.

The ACTFL LPT is a carefully constructed assessment that evaluates Novice to Superior levels of listening ability. It is delivered by computer via the Internet. The test can assess a specific range of proficiency (e.g., Novice Low to Intermediate Mid; Intermediate Mid to Advanced Mid; and Advanced Low to Superior). Other versions are available as illustrated in the grid below. These options ensure that the test administered targets the range of the candidate’s listening ability and is economical in terms of time and effort. For information about ACTFL’s L&Rcat, an Internet-delivered version of the ACTFL English LPT and RPT, please click here.

Superior C E F
Advanced High
Advanced Mid B
Advanced Low D
Intermediate High
Intermediate Mid A
Intermediate Low
Novice High
Novice Mid
Novice Low

This approach ensures that the test is candidate-friendly, focused and economical as far as time and effort.

Test Length 50 minutes for a two level test (A, B & C)
75 minutes for a three level test (D & E)
120 minutes for the full range test (F)
Test Age Range 12 – Adult. Younger candidates may be able to take the test. It depends on their language experience and training (i.e. attendance in an elementary, dual-immersion program, etc.).
Test Format The LPT consists of recorded passages at specific levels of proficiency. Each passage has three questions; each question has four multiple-choice answers of which only one is correct. Questions and multiple-choice answers at the Intermediate level and below are in English; questions and multiple-choice answers at the Advanced and Superior levels are in the target language.
Test Content There is a range of informal and formal speech on general, social, and academic topics, such as daily interactions, reports, discussions and broadcasts.
Rating An ACTFL rating is assigned based on the number of correct responses and the version of the test administered. The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and ILR ratings are also available when requested before the test administration.
Languages English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish

How do I request an LPT?
To schedule an LPT, your organization must set up a free account with Language Testing International – we will collect some basic administrative information and then provide access to a secure web-based scheduling utility. Using this utility, the organization can request assessments, track those requests, confirm appointments and see results.

Because the LPT is computer-based, organizations can arrange for candidates to take the assessment in a proctored setting at any time. All that is needed is a computer with headphones meeting the minimum specifications, detailed here, in an appropriate test environment.

Results of assessments are  posted and stored on the client utility website, allowing organizations to track their testing activity easily in a single location.

How is the Listening Test proctored?
LPTs must be proctored by an authorized, responsible individual, ideally a member of the HR department of the organization requesting the assessment. This individual, nominated by the organizing agency, will sign a form and provide it to LTI in advance of the assessment, undertaking to guarantee the identity of the candidate and the conditions under which the test is taken.

What is the cost of a Listening Proficiency Test?
Please contact us for commercial pricing.

In what languages is the Listening Test available?
The Listening Proficiency Test (LPT) is available in English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. The Listening Proficiency Test (LPT) is also available in German.


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