ACTFL Listening Proficiency Test® (LPT)

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What is the ACTFL Listening Proficiency Test (LPT)?
What is the format of the LPT?
What are the topics in the LPT?
How is the LPT rated?
How do I request an LPT?
How is the LPT proctored?
What is the cost of the LPT?
In what languages is the LPT available?

What is the ACTFL Listening Proficiency Test (LPT)?

The ACTFL LPT is a standardized test for the global assessment of listening ability in a language. LPTs measure how well a person spontaneously understands spoken language, without the ability to relisten or ask for clarification. The ACTFL LPT is a carefully constructed assessment which evaluates listening ability according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012 – Listening, Interagency Language Roundtable Language (ILR) Skill Level Descriptors – Listening, or the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), depending on the type of language proficiency certification needed. It is delivered by computer via the internet.

For information about ACTFL's L&Rcat, an internet-delivered version of the ACTFL English LPT and RPT, please click here.

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. These optional ranges ensure that the test administered targets the range of the candidate's listening ability and is economical in terms of time and effort. The test is appropriate for Grade 12–Adult. Younger candidates may be able to take the test, depending on their language experience and training (i.e., attendance in an elementary, dual-immersion program, etc.).

The ACTFL LPT is appropriate for a variety of purposes: language certification, employment selection, program entrance and exit exams, placement, college credit, program evaluation and performance, and linguist or interpreter credentialing. The ACTFL LPT was favorably reviewed and official LPT ratings are recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education. To view ACTFL-ACE Credit Recommendations, click here.

To download an ACTFL Academic Assessment Catalog for academic institutions, which includes the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012, click here.

To download an LTI Assessment Catalog for Commercial Companies and Government Agencies, which includes the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012, click here.

What is the format of the LPT?

The LPT consists of listening 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. There is also an international version available which has all passages and multiple choice answers in the target language.

The LPT structure is based on one of six test forms, which target a specific range of proficiency. Having targeted test forms minimizes the length of the test.

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

Test Length 50 minutes for a two-level test (A, B, C & D)
75 minutes for a three-level test (E, F & G*)
125 minutes for four-level test (H**)

*This is a semi-adaptive version of the test. It is designed to start at Advanced Low and is based on the candidate response.
** This is the full-range test.

What are the topics in the LPT?

There is a range of informal and formal speech on general, social, and academic topics, such as daily interactions, reports, discussions, and broadcasts.

How is the LPT rated?

A rating is assigned based on the number of correct responses and the version of the test administered. Results can be reported according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012 – Listening, the Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) Language Skill Level Descriptors – Listening, or the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), depending on the type of language proficiency certification needed.

How do I request an LPT?

For organizations wanting to schedule an LPT for candidates, you 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 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 organizations to track their testing activity easily in a single location.

Individuals wanting to test and certify their listening ability in a target language can order and take the assessment by selecting the appropriate Language Proficiency Certification based on their need. To view individual language proficiency certification options, click here. The actual test is taken via a computer with an internet connection, webcam, headset with earphones, and microphone and is proctored via LTI's remote proctoring services.

How is the LPT proctored?

Organizations can arrange to proctor LPTs on location. The tests must be proctored by an authorized, responsible individual, ideally a member of the HR department or faculty 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.

Individuals can arrange to take the test via LTI's remote proctoring program by signing up for one of the Language Proficiency Certification options offered to individuals by LTI. To view individual language proficiency options, click here.

What is the cost of the LPT?

Organizations, please fill out a Contact Us to receive discounted group pricing. Government clients can find fin pricing on our GSA Schedule here.

Individuals can view the cost of remotely proctored, language proficiency certificate programs, by clicking here.

In what languages is the LPT available?

Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish