ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages® (AAPPL)

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What is the ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL)?
What is the format of the AAPPL?
What is the content of the AAPPL?
What kind of score does the AAPPL provide?
How do I request the AAPPL?
What is the cost of the AAPPL?
In what languages is the AAPPL available?

What is the ACTFL Assessment of the Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL)?

The ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) 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. The AAPPL assesses Interpersonal Listening/Speaking, Presentational Writing, Interpretive Reading, and Interpretive Listening, and ratings are assigned according to the ACTFL Performance Descriptors for Language Learners.

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

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What is the format of the AAPPL?

The AAPPL is delivered over the internet, under proctored conditions, and requires that each candidate have headphones with a microphone.

There are two forms of the AAPPL that assess different ranges of language ability. Form A is generally for students in the Novice to 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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What is the content of the AAPPL?

The AAPPL assesses the ability of a candidate 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 email message, video-chatting in the target language, or making selections from something heard or read, takes place in the context of the language classroom.

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What kind of score does the AAPPL provide?

A single AAPPL Score, according to the ACTFL Performance Scale, is issued for each component of the test (Interpersonal Listening/Speaking, Presentational Writing, Interpretive Reading, and Interpretive Listening). Test takers receive a written AAPPL 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.

How do I request the AAPPL?

For schools, school districts, and State DOE, you will be required to 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 teachers, schools, and school districts can request assessments, track those requests, confirm appointments, and see results. Because the AAPPL is computer-based, schools can arrange for candidates to take the assessment in a proctored setting at any time. All that is needed is computers meeting the minimum specifications, detailed here, in an appropriate test environment. Results of assessments are also posted and stored on the client utility website, allowing schools to track their testing activity easily in a single location.

What is the cost of the AAPPL?

Organizations, please complete a Contact Us form for pricing of groups.

In what languages is the AAPPL available?

The AAPPL is currently offered in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and ESL (English). Hindi, Italian, Japanese and Thai starting January 2018.

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