Technical Requirements

Assessments are scheduled using an online tool, but exactly how you access the website differs from client to client. Please contact us for further information on account setup and the Client Utility site.

ACTFL/LTI tests can be delivered in multiple ways, depending on the test:

Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)

Phone – the test should be taken on a landline, in a quiet location away from potential disturbances. If you cannot use a landline, make sure you have good signal strength for your mobile phone.

Oral Proficiency Interview by Computer (OPIc)

  1. Computer:
    • Operating System: Windows 7, 8.1, or 10
    • Browser: We recommend running the latest supported browser on your platform.
      • Windows: Microsoft Edge, Chrome, Firefox, and Opera
      • Mac OS C: Chrome, Firefox, and Safari
      • Chrome OS: Chrome
    • Audio: During the OPIc test, a series of audio/video prompts will play. Your computer must be able to play audio/video files.
    • Resolution: 1024×768 or higher
  2. Tablet:
    • Operating System: Any tablet capable of running Chrome v65, Chrome Dev v65 or iOS Safari v11 is sufficient.
    • Browser: We recommend running the latest supported browser on your platform.
      • Android: Chrome
      • iOS: Safari
    • Audio: During the OPIc test, a series of audio/video prompts will play. Your tablet must be able to play audio/video files.
  3. Headset or Speaker:
    • The ability to play audio and respond via a microphone is required.
    • A good quality digital USB headset with microphone is recommended.
    • Units with noise cancellation are suggested for noisy environments.
  4. Network: – An internet connection is required. We strongly recommend a wired internet connection instead of wireless for desktop or laptop computers. Technically, we require:
    • 768 kbps minimum port speed
    • Approx. 200 kbps sustainable free bandwidth required per test candidate
    • Minimum bandwidth should be more than 1,000 kbps.
    Any reasonably fast connection will work.

Writing Proficiency Test (WPT), Business Writing Test (BWT)

  1. Windows or Mac based desktop computer or laptop. Any computer capable of running Windows 7 or Windows 10 is sufficient. In addition, we recommend the following:
    • Resolution: 1024×768 or higher
    • OS: Windows 7, 8.1 or 10
    • Browser: We recommend running the latest supported browser on you platform. Internet Explorer (version 8 or higher), Microsoft Edge, Chrome and Firefox are all supported on Windows, as well as Safari on Macs.
    • Flash Player: We use Adobe Flash to present the test content and get your written responses. We recommend running the latest version of Flash on your platform.
    • JavaScript must be enabled on the browser
    • Browser must be set to allow pop-ups from the test site
    • JavaScript must be enabled on the browser
    • Browser must be set to allow pop-ups from the test site
  2. Internet Explorer security settings: Set newer versions of stored pages to "Automatically"
  3. Network – Internet connection is required. We strongly recommend a wired internet connection instead of wireless. Technically, we require:
    • 768 kbps minimum port speed
    • Approx. 200 kbps sustainable free bandwidth required per test candidate
    • Minimum bandwidth should be more than 100 kbps.
  4. Any reasonably fast connection will work.

WPT & BWT Technical Requirements:

  • Please note the only languages that have the virtual keyboard available are Spanish, French, German, English, Portuguese, and Italian.
  • All other non-roman based characters will require a keyboard in that particular language or enable the Microsoft language service pack that allow users to use a standard keyboard to type in the testing language: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/language-packs#lptabs=win71.
  • The WPT operates on PC & Mac, using Internet Explorer (version 8 or higher), Microsoft Edge, Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.
  • Pop-up blockers must be disabled in order to access the WPT.
  • If the candidate attempts to access any other program, opens another browser window, or presses any function key on the keyboard, the test will automatically shut down.
  • If the candidate is forced out of the test, immediately log the candidate back in to the test so that they can continue from where they left off.

Paper & Pen

Reading Proficiency Test (RPT)

The RPT may be taken on any computer or tablet that meets the following specifications:

  1. Computer:
    • Operating System: Windows 7, 8.1, or 10
    • Browser: We recommend running the latest supported browser on your platform.
      • Windows: Microsoft Edge, Chrome, Firefox, and Opera
      • Mac OS: Chrome, Firefox, and Safari
      • Chrome OS: Chrome
    • Audio: During the LPT, a series of audio prompts will play. Your computer must be able to play audio files.
    • Resolution: 1024×768 or higher
  2. Tablet:
    • Operating System: Any tablet capable of running Chrome v65, Chrome Dev v65 or iOS Safari v11 is sufficient.
    • Browser: We recommend running the latest supported browser on your platform.
      • Android: Chrome
      • iOS: Safari
  3. Network - An internet connection is required. We strongly recommend a wired internet connection instead of wireless for desktop or laptop computers. Technically, we require:
    • 768 kbps minimum port speed
    • Approx. 200 kbps sustainable free bandwidth required per test candidate
    • Minimum bandwidth should be more than 1,000 kbps.

    Any reasonably fast connection will work.

Listening Proficiency Test (LPT)

The LPT may be taken on any computer or tablet that meets the following specifications:

  1. Computer:
    • Operating System: Windows 7, 8.1, or 10
    • Browser: We recommend running the latest supported browser on your platform.
      • Windows: Microsoft Edge, Chrome, Firefox, and Opera
      • Mac OS: Chrome, Firefox, and Safari
      • Chrome OS: Chrome
    • Audio: During the LPT, a series of audio prompts will play. Your computer must be able to play audio files.
    • Resolution: 1024×768 or higher
  2. Tablet:
    • Operating System: Any tablet capable of running Chrome v65, Chrome Dev v65 or iOS Safari v11 is sufficient.
    • Browser: We recommend running the latest supported browser on your platform.
      • Android: Chrome
      • iOS: Safari
  3. Headset or Speaker:
    • The ability to play audio is required.
    • A good quality digital USB headset is recommended.
  4. Network - An internet connection is required. We strongly recommend a wired internet connection instead of wireless for desktop or laptop computers. Technically, we require:
    • 768 kbps minimum port speed
    • Approx. 200 kbps sustainable free bandwidth required per test candidate
    • Minimum bandwidth should be more than 1,000 kbps.

    Any reasonably fast connection will work.

ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL)

The System Check page will tell you whether your device is ready to take the AAPPL assessments:

AAPPL 1.0 System Check

AAPPL 2.0 System Check

AAPPL 2.0 System Requirements

  1. Computer:
    • Operating System: Windows 7, 8.1, or 10
    • Browser: We recommend running the latest supported browser on your platform.
      • Windows: Microsoft Edge, Chrome, Firefox, and Opera
      • Mac OS C: Chrome, Firefox, and Safari
      • Chrome OS: Chrome
    • Audio: During the AAPPL test, a series of audio/video prompts will play. Your computer must be able to play audio/video files.
    • Resolution: 1024×768 or higher
  2. Tablet:
    • Operating System: Any tablet capable of running Chrome v65, Chrome Dev v65 or iOS Safari v11 is sufficient.
    • Browser: We recommend running the latest supported browser on your platform.
      • Android: Chrome
      • iOS: Safari
  3. Network:
    • An internet connection is required. We strongly recommend a wired internet connection instead of wireless for desktop or laptop computers. Technically, we require:
      • 768 kbps minimum port speed
      • Approx. 200 kbps sustainable free bandwidth required per test candidate
      • Minimum bandwidth should be more than 1,000 kbps.
      • Any reasonably fast connection will work.
  4. Headset or Speaker:
    • The ability to play audio and respond via a microphone is required.
    • A good quality digital USB headset with microphone is recommended.
    • Units with noise cancellation are suggested for noisy environments.
  5. Video:
    • You must be able to view videos to complete the assessment.
  6. Language Support (Keyboards):
    • For the Presentational Writing (PW) component only, computers and tablets must be set up to permit candidates to type in the target language.
      • AAPPL will use any language keyboard application your school uses for instruction.
      • For ESL (English), French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish, on-screen special character support is provided wherever students will be entering text. No additional set-up is required. Students taking the PW component on a Windows-based computer may also use ALT codes, as described here, if that’s preferable.
      • For Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Thai, language-specific keyboard layouts must be set up. (Similarly, they may be used, as well, for French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish, if desired.) Select the operating system for the device being used and follow the directions provided to complete the set-up: Windows 10, Windows 8, Chromebook, MacOS, iOS. For Android tablets, consult your device’s online support to determine how to change keyboard input settings.

AAPPL 1.0 System Requirements (Requires Flash and is not tablet-compatible.)

  1. Browser: Your browser must have Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher installed and unblocked. Cookies and Javascript 1.1 or higher must be enabled. Internet Explorer (version 8 or higher), Microsoft Edge, Chrome and Firefox are all supported on Windows, as well as Safari on Macs.
  2. Bandwidth: 1,000kbps/second per candidate taking the test at the same time.
  3. Ports: TCP Port 1935 needs to be OPEN outbound.
  4. Screen Resolution: 1024x768
  5. Headset and Microphone: Required for Interactive Listening & Speaking (ILS) Component
  6. Headset: Required for All Components
  7. MP3 Audio: Required for All Components
  8. Language Support: For the Presentational Writing (PW) component only, computers must be set up to permit candidates to type in the target language.
    • AAPPL will use any language keyboard application your school uses for instruction.
    • For ESL (English), French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish, students taking the PW component on a Windows-based computer may also use ALT codes, as described here. Alternatively, language-specific keyboard layouts can be set up instead. Select the operating system for the computer being used and follow the directions provided to complete the set-up: Windows 10, Windows 8, Chromebook, MacOS, iOS.
    • For Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Thai, language-specific keyboard layouts must be set up. (Similarly, they may be used, as well, for French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish, if desired.) Select the operating system for the computer being used and follow the directions provided to complete the set-up: Windows 10, Windows 8, Chromebook, MacOS, iOS.

ACTFL Latin Interpretive Reading Assessment (ALIRA)

The System Check page will tell you whether your device is ready to take the ALIRA assessment.

The ALIRA may be taken by any computer or tablet that meets the following specifications:

  1. Computer:
    • Operating System: Windows 7, 8.1, or 10
    • Browser: We recommend running the latest supported browser on your platform.
      • Windows: Microsoft Edge, Chrome, Firefox, and Opera
      • Mac OS: Chrome, Firefox, and Safari
      • Chrome OS: Chrome
    • Resolution: 1024×768 or higher
  2. Tablet:
    • Operating System: Any tablet capable of running Chrome v65, Chrome Dev v65 or iOS Safari v11 is sufficient.
    • Browser: We recommend running the latest supported browser on your platform.
      • Android: Chrome
      • iOS: Safari
  3. Network - An internet connection is required. We strongly recommend a wired internet connection instead of wireless for desktop or laptop computers. Technically, we require:
    • 768 kbps minimum port speed
    • Approx. 200 kbps sustainable free bandwidth required per test candidate
    • Minimum bandwidth should be more than 100 kbps.

    Any reasonably fast connection will work.

 

When you set up an account, you will be able to choose the delivery method most appropriate for your needs.