The goal of the AAPPL is to provide as much useful information to the test taker, instructor, and other stakeholders as possible. The AAPPL is comprised of four components:

  • Interpretive Listening
  • Interpretive Reading
  • Interpersonal Listening and Speaking (speaking component)
  • Presentational Writing

There is a separate score for each component of the AAPPL, for a total of four scores. A full sample AAPPL Score Report is available here. The AAPPL is rated according to the ACTFL Performance Scale.

Additional, detailed information is available in the Scores and Reports section of the AAPPL FAQ's.

AAPPL scores are based on the ACTFL Performance Descriptors for Language Learners. Click here to access the ACTFL Performance Descriptors web page, where you can download the complete text of the Descriptors. It is important to understand that AAPPL scores are not the same as the proficiency scores associated with the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines.


The three links below lead to tables that contain the full range of scores for each section of the AAPPL. These comprehensive sets of score descriptions and strategies may be helpful in setting your own curriculum goals and strategies.

Models for Converting to Numeric Scores

ACTFL is launching the ACTFL Grade-u-lator in Spring, 2019 within your client site account.

The ACTFL Grade-u-lator is a tool that assists teachers, schools, and administrators in converting ACTFL ratings to number and letter grades. This online tool walks you through the process of creating grade conversion templates that outline the grade equivalencies they wish to make for each ACTFL rating associated with the ACTFL assessments you use in a given course, grade level, or year. It allows you to customize the grading schema to best fit your needs. Ultimately, the Grade Converter Report can easily be printed or exported to your gradebook, as needed, to satisfy internal or external reporting requirements.