BEST Plus is an individually administered, face-to-face oral interview designed to assess the English language proficiency of adult English language learners in the United States. BEST Plus is a combined test of listening and speaking skills. As an oral assessment, BEST Plus provides a short, practical test that meets the accountability needs of programs that report to the National Reporting System (NRS).
BEST Plus is intended to assess interpersonal communication using everyday language used in practical situations. Test items reflect language used in everyday life in the U.S. – at home, at work, and in the community.
BEST Plus is available in three delivery formats: CD-ROM, USB, and Network to provide maximum flexibility for test administration based on the needs of a program. There are two versions of the test, computer adaptive and semi-adaptive print based. The computer-adaptive test is available on either CD-ROM (received at training) or USB (purchased though the CAL Store). The semi-adaptive print-based version does not require a computer at the time of testing and can also be purchased through the CAL Store.
BEST Plus is administered by a trained test administrator. Test administrators score using the BEST Plus Scoring Rubric to rate listening comprehension, language complexity, and communication. To ensure reliability and validity of BEST Plus, test administrators are required to attend the BEST Plus Test Administrator Training Workshop.
Informative score reports are generated for both the computer-adaptive and print-based versions using the BEST Plus Score Management Software (SMS). The software allows management of the data that reside in the secure, password-protected database used in the BEST Plus Test Administraton Program. The BEST Plus Scores Database stores all data associated with test administrations.
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