Language proficiency describes one’s ability to use language to accomplish real-world tasks in a variety of settings, topics, and audiences. A language proficiency test provides a verified measurement of this ability.
For many of our study abroad programs, AFS includes the widely recognized ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) test to help measure our participants’ language proficiency and growth. This is a computer-based assessment that is supervised by a parent and taken at home at the culmination of an applicable AFS study abroad experience. Each participant will be expected to complete this assessment within 45 calendar days of their return using the login and verification code provided by AFS.
When students complete their language assessment, they receive a score report which shows and explains the proficiency levels demonstrated by the participants in each area of communication (interpersonal listening and speaking, presentational writing, and interpretive listening and reading). This report can be provided to the local school, future university or employer to demonstrate their language skills after their AFS program. It will be up to the receiving schools and employers to determine if these language skills merit granting credit, placement or recognition at their individual organization.