Module 4: Validity
Common U.S. foreign language tests and uses


Information provided by test

Sample use

Rutgers' Chinese Multimedia Teaching System

Evaluates reading comprehension, vocabulary, translation, and grammar.  Primarily targets achievement of the program’s content for first- and second-year students.

Diagnosing students’ strengths and weaknesses to inform students’ programs of study

Glastonbury FLES Test

Assesses listening, speaking, reading, writing, and culture.  Gives information on how well students can apply skills taught during the three-year FLES sequence. 

Placement within the program; program evaluation

Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT)

Gives information on elements of foreign language learning aptitude: phonetic coding ability, grammatical sensitivity, rote learning ability, and inductive language learning ability.

Identifying individuals likely to excel in a program; make admission decisions; research language acquisition

Minnesota Language Proficiency Assessment (MLPA)

Assesses listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills at the intermediate level.  Not linked to a specific course; proficiency-oriented.

Determining placement; fulfill admission or exit criteria

Foreign Language Achievement Tests (FLATS)

Gives information on achievement in reading, grammar, and listening comprehension.  Material tested is equivalent to that in the first three semesters of university-level study.

Awarding credit for achievement at specific level

National Latin Exam

Tests reading, writing, grammar, culture, vocabulary, literary analysis, and translation skills of students with at least one year of Latin.

Granting awards for excellence in Latin

ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)

Assesses general speaking ability; not tied to particular course content.

Placement; research; program evaluation

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