The Center for Applied Linguistics has developed three online resources to help with selection of foreign language assessments:
- Foreign Language Assessment Directory (FLAD)
- An online testing tutorial: Understanding Assessment: A Guide for Foreign Language Educators
- Moderated User Review
Foreign Language Assessment Directory (FLAD)
The FLAD is a free, searchable directory of information on nearly 200 tests in over 90 languages. The FLAD serves as a starting point for teachers and educators to search for foreign language assessments. Available information about assessments includes grade and proficiency levels, languages for which each test is available, skills targeted by a test, information about the test’s development and the publisher’s or developer’s contact information for further inquiries.
Companion Online Tutorial: Understanding Assessment: A Guide for Foreign Language Educators
CAL has developed an online tutorial to serve as a companion resource to the FLAD.
This online tutorial introduces key concepts in language testing to help with selecting tests and using test results appropriately and efficiently. Topics covered include:
- practical considerations when selecting a test,
- reliability and validity,
- the use of test results, and,
- the impact of testing in the classroom.
A list of assessment resources and a glossary of assessment terms are also included in the tutorial.
Moderated User Review
CAL has developed a moderated user review capability for the FLAD, where users can review tests, read comments and learn best practices from other users to inform their decisions about testing programs.
Search the FLAD and while viewing an assessment listing, click on the ‘View Reviews’ button along the top row to read reviews submitted by users.