Testing / Assessment
Determining the extent to which individuals can use a second or foreign language has become increasingly important in the United States. CALs language testing experts focus on assessing language ability in English as a Second Language and foreign languages at all educational levels, including:
CAL staff develop tests, conduct research on language testing, and provide professional development for language teachers on assessment.
Our assessment projects serve foreign and English language learners of all ages, in addition to bilinguals and heritage language learners. CAL also offers a number of professional resources to educators, researchers, and government officials interested in language assessment.
Arabic Oral Proficiency: A Guide for Students
This free online tutorial helps high school and university-level students of Arabic understand and improve their oral proficiency. It teaches students how oral proficiency is rated according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines so that they can self-assess and set language learning goals. The tutorial features authentic examples of students speaking Arabic at different levels, tips and resources to improve oral proficiency, and student descriptions of their experiences being assessed and then using their Arabic to communicate abroad. View this new online resource.
Foreign Language Assessment Directory (FLAD)
The FLAD is a free, searchable directory of information on over 200 tests in over 90 languages. Search the directory.
FLAD Companion Tutorial
CAL has developed an online tutorial, Understanding Assessment, designed to act as a companion piece to the FLAD, helping educators choose the most appropriate test for their needs. View this resource.
CAL provides a variety of additional products and services to meet assessment needs. Learn more.
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 Modern Standard Arabic or Spanish oral proficiency. Learn more.
Multimedia Rater Training Program (MRTP)
The MRTP is a computer-assisted professional development tool that serves as a companion to the COPI, described above. The MRTP teaches professionals to rate oral proficiency according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines, using over 190 authentic language samples in Arabic, French, German, or Spanish. Learn more.
Download our newest assessment digests:
Effects of Instructional Hours and Intensity of Instruction on NRS Level Gain in Listening and Speaking
This digest reports on a study examining the relationship between the number of ESL instructional hours and intensity of ESL instruction with the progress of adult English language learners in listening and speaking in English, as measured by the oral proficiency assessment BEST Plus.
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.