Adult English Proficiency Assessments - Best Plus | Best Literacy

BEST Plus Advantages

Minimal testing time due to the adaptive design of BEST Plus


  • In the computer-adaptive version, computer software selects test items appropriate to the examinee's ability after the locator items have been administered.

  • In the print-based version, a quick locator determines the appropriate level of the test form for the examinee.

  • Each examinee's oral English skills are assessed by a trained test administrator.

  • Takes 3 to 20 minutes to administer, depending on the language proficiency of the examinee.

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Authentic and accessible language
  • Test items reflect language used in everyday life in the U.S. Sample questions include types of language used at home, at work, or in the community such as: talking about family members and family leisure/recreational activities, getting and maintaining a job, comparing services, and community participation in the U.S. and other societies.

  • Communicative language functions are assessed and range from providing personal information about daily life to giving and supporting opinions about topics such as public education.

Informative Score Reports

  • Completed test scores are expressed in terms of a BEST Plus scale score, Student Performance Levels (SPLs) 0-10, and the National Reporting System (NRS) Educational Functioning Levels for ESL.

  • Scores from the semi-adaptive print-based version are entered into the Score Management Software to generate the same score reports as the computer-adaptive version.

  • Score reports from the computer-adaptive version can be printed, saved as plain text files, or saved as files compatible with word processors (e.g., MS Word) or spreadsheets (e.g. Excel). Information about exporting and backing-up score reports is provided as part of the BEST Plus training.

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