ACTFL Latin Interpretive Reading Assessment® (ALIRA)

What is the ACTFL Latin Interpretive Reading Assessment (ALIRA)?
What is the format of the ALIRA?
What kinds of text does ALIRA use?
What kind of score does the ALIRA provide?
How do I order, administer, and retrieve test results for the ALIRA?
What technology is required to administer the ALIRA?
What is the cost of the ALIRA?

What is the ACTFL Latin Interpretive Reading Assessment (ALIRA)?

The ACTFL Latin Interpretive Reading Assessment (ALIRA) is a computer-adaptive assessment of Latin students' ability to read for comprehension a variety of Latin-language texts that typify those used in an instructional setting. ALIRA is rated according to the ACTFL Performance Descriptors for Language Learners. To view the ACTFL Performance Descriptors for Language Learners, click here. The assessment is designed for students learning Latin in middle school and beyond.

What is the format of the ALIRA?

The ALIRA presents a wide variety of texts including shorter and longer texts from ancient Rome, texts from today's Latin-users' community, and may include Wikipedia, social networks, and online newspapers and publications. The texts appear in block letter without macrons. Click here to see some ALIRA Latin reading samples.

One or two multiple-choice questions accompany each Latin text and assess understanding of main ideas, supporting details, point-of-view, inferences, or text purpose. The test is designed to be adaptive and the assessment will adjust the difficulty of the text and question based on a student's performance throughout the assessment. By doing so, the assessment determines the student's ability level quickly and efficiently. Because the test is adaptive, once a student has submitted answers, she/he can return to a Latin text and review the submitted answers.

ALIRA must be completed within 50 minutes, as it is designed to be given in a single class period. There is a 50-minute countdown clock for the overall test. There is also a separate timer that appears for each text that informs students how much time they have left to complete the questions associated with that text.

What kinds of texts does ALIRA use?

ALIRA presents a wide variety of texts including shorter and longer texts from ancient Rome to texts from today's community of Latin users, which may include Wikipedia, social networks, and online newspapers and publications. The texts appear in block letter without macrons. Click here to see some samples.

What kind of score does the ALIRA provide?

The ALIRA provides an ACTFL Performance Score. There are four gradations at the Novice level and five gradations at the Intermediate level. ALIRA Scores are N1, N2, N3, N4, I1, I2, I3, I4, I5, and A. Test takers receive an individual ALIRA report that shows the score and provides a brief narrative explaining it. To see an example of an ALIRA Score Report, click here.

How do I order, administer, and retrieve test results the ALIRA?

Each school/district is provided with a customized web portal called a "Client Utility Site." Through your client utility site you will be able to order tests, view schedules, retrieve ratings, print certificates, and export data into standard Excel documents. Upon retrieving results you will be able to sort results by school, teacher, and/or class.

All that is needed is a computer or tablet that meets the minimum specifications, detailed here, in an appropriate test environment. Review the ALIRA Testing & Proctoring Guide for more details. Results of assessments are posted and stored on the client utility website, allowing schools to track their testing activity easily in a single location.

What technology is required to administer the ALIRA?

The ALIRA must be administered in a proctored setting and is designed to use a computer or tablet, connected to the internet. For more specific technical specifications and to run the System Check before your students begin testing, please see the ALIRA section on our Technical Requirements page.

What is the cost of the ALIRA?

Academic institutions are offered the ALIRA for $10 per student per test.