Writing Proficiency Test (WPT)

The Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) is an on-demand test that measures your writing comprehension in a particular language. The test consists of two to five writing tasks. It is taken online or via booklet, and lasts approximately 80 minutes.


The ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) is an online test to assess writing ability in a target language.
The ACTFL WPT measures the ability of the test taker to write in a language by comparing his or her performance to the criteria in the

Proficiency Guidelines 2012 - Writing.

The ACTFL WPT consists of four tasks dealing with practical, social, and professional topics encountered in informal and formal contexts. The writer is presented with tasks representing a limited range of proficiency levels from Novice through Superior, as described in the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012 - Writing.

Tasks and prompts are written in English with the expectation that the test-taker’s responses be written in the target language.

The ACTFL WPT is appropriate for a variety of assessment purposes:

  •   Entrance and Exit Requirements

  •   Placement

  •   College Credit - Official WPT ratings are recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education

  •   Program Evaluation and Performance

  •   Teacher Credentialing

  •   Research

  •   Employment Selection

    Appropriate for:

    Secondary (grades 10-12), Higher Education and beyond.

    Test Length:

    80 minutes

    Test Format:

    The candidate is presented with four tasks, with approximately 10-20 minutes allowed for each task. The test-taker is prompted to demonstrate descriptive narrative, informative, and persuasive writing. The test is delivered in booklet form or via the Internet.

Test Content:

The WPT includes informal and formal writing tasks on practical, social, and professional topics.


The WPT is offered in over 20 languages, with new languages added regularly. For a complete list of languages, please visit www.languagetesting.com. 

Test Length

Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) - Language Testing International

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