Valid and Reliable Language Proficiency Assessments
Language proficiency assessments from Language Testing International – whether of reading, speaking, writing or listening – are the pinnacle in language proficiency testing. Our exams focus on language proficiency rather than knowledge, and meet all of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) requirements. As such, our proficiency assessments represent the top of the line in the field of language testing. With over 20 years of experience, over 100 languages tested, and a deep understanding of what constitutes language proficiency, Language Testing International is a leader in the industry today. Language proficiency assessments are not all created equal, and it is important to understand what makes assessments from Language Testing International the most effective and accurate ones that you can get.
Language proficiency assessments need to be based on proficiency skills rather than knowledge acquisition. It is impossible to measure proficiency- the actual, effective use of a language in real world scenarios – based upon a test that only measures correct and incorrect answers. These “bubble” style exams remain popular to this day, as they appear to give simple and direct results with clear answers and easy-to-understand data. These exams, however, are an inaccurate measure of language ability, since the use of language is a fluid and variable skill. As such, it cannot properly be reduced to a right or wrong answer on a single question. While grammar and vocabulary skills might tested in this manner, we know that language acquisition is not just a matter of memorizing words and phrases and choosing the correct meaning on an exam, but rather how that vocabulary and grammar is actually used in important subsets of skills. Language Testing International exams thus offer testing in proficiency – the actual use of language skills – in four separate areas: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. This gives an accurate measure of a candidate’s abilities in an actual real-world situation, whether at school or in the workplace, in which these skills would be required.
Matched to ACTFL standards, language proficiency assessments from LTI are distinguished by their validity, precision and reliability. With ten levels of rated results, testing from LTI gives an accurate and measured score that can be applied to a candidate’s real world ability. Our exams produce consistent results for testing, because they are regulated by strict protocols that provide little to no variation in testing procedures and environment. Because of this, you can be assured that language proficiency assessments from LTI will provide accurate and usable results for all of your candidates.
Lisa March is a bilingual Marketing and Sales Executive. She works closely with LTI on strategic partnerships, business development and marketing. Her efforts help LTI scale the use and implementation of language assessments in schools, institutions, corporations and government agencies.