Testing / Assessment
Foreign Language Assessments
CAL has a long history of developing operational tests in foreign languages, particularly the less commonly taught languages. Examples of current and past tests appear below.
the next generation of the SOPI
Now available in Arabic and Spanish, the Computerized Oral Proficiency Instrument (COPI) is a computer-based, semi-adaptive test of Arabic and Spanish oral proficiency. Learn more.
Multimedia Rater Training Program (MRTP)
The Multimedia Rater Training Program (MRTP) is an interactive software program designed to teach professionals to rate oral language proficiency. This computer-assisted professional development program was modeled after live rater training workshops and CAL's self-instructional Rater Training Kits. Learn more about the MRTP.
Simulated Oral Proficiency Interview (SOPI)
The Simulated Oral Proficiency Interview (SOPI) is a type
of tape-mediated test of speaking proficiency. All SOPI items are
based on the speaking proficiency guidelines of the American Council
on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). The test is presented
to examinees via a test booklet and a master tape. It can be administered
individually by anyone using two tape recorders. It can also be
used in a language laboratory setting to test groups. Learn
Resources focus on language proficiency assessment in Grades K-8
CAL offers innovative language proficiency assessment instruments designed to allow young students to demonstrate their highest level of performance in oral fluency, grammar, vocabulary and listening comprehension. Professional development workshops for the SOPA, ELLOPA, and COPE provide training for educators on the effective use of these assessments. SOPA Online Training courses teach participants how to administer and rate students’ oral language using the SOPA. Learn more.
CAL's language proficiency tests are designed to measure the general proficiency levels in listening and reading attained by English-speaking learners of a foreign language. The tests consist of 100 to 150 four-option multiple-choice questions; the exact number varies by test. Proficiency tests are available in Arabic, Chinese, and Polish. To order online, visit the CAL Store.
Oral Proficiency Assessment: The Use of Technology
in Test Development and Rater Training
Since 1986, CAL has investigated and initiated a number of approaches to oral proficiency assessment that rely on semi-direct measures and new technologies. This digest describes ways to use technology to improve test development and administration and to improve the training of raters. Download a free copy of this publication.