ACTFL’s AAPPL exam

I’m in the computer lab proctoring day two of the AAPPL and I thought it might be a good time to spread the word about this test! It is available at AAPPL.actfl.org in demo form for several languages. The demo is long! You really get a feel for what’s on the test!!

The test costs $20 for a full exam or in sections you can buy interpersonal speaking for 10, presentational writing for 5 and listening and reading for 5. Listening and reading results are available immediately and speaking/writing come back quickly (a day sometimes) during low season and in 2-3 weeks during the high season March-May! It’s an economical way to see how your students are performing!!!

How do I use the AAPPL? In IL we offer a seal of Biliteracy. To earn the seal, students have to reach intermediate high level proficiency in reading, writing, listening and speaking. We are not an AP school AND seniors taking AP don’t have the scores back in time to qualify for the seal!!! This test is a great and cheap solution! Intermediate high is a score of i4 or i5 on all sections of the exam.

Spanish club did a fundraiser and paid $5 to test all Spanish 4 students in reading and listening (great evidence of growth for my type 1 assessment) and those who wanted to pay $15 took the speaking and listening after school yesterday and today.

Pointers:
It’s long and they get tired and scores go down if you try to test all 4 sections in 1 day! Break it into two and collect their log in information so there’s no funny business!

Remember to look (with the kids) at ACTFLs proficiency levels! They need to KNOW what makes he difference between IL IM and IH!

On the listening section be sure they know that they CAN re-listen if they need to but they shouldn’t do it just to recheck their answers because replaying over and over is an indicator that they don’t understand!

Make sure they understand that NATIONALLY about 90% of students who study 4 years of language fall in the NH/IL category so IM scores are amazing!!! Now these statistics are changing… Thomas Sauer said that with better focus on using language in the classroom, scores are coming up!! Keep that CI flowing and we can create a generation of language learners who don’t say he dreaded “I took four years of….” You know what I mean! 🙂

Reply with any questions you have about the test!!

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12 thoughts on “ACTFL’s AAPPL exam

  1. Very helpful, thanks! I read somewhere else yesterday that it´s best to break it up into two days, and now I´m reading it here. So I´ll take that advice!
    Are we on the CPS Seal of Bilit committee together?

  2. tmsaue1 says:

    oh oh, people are actually listening to what I’m saying. that’s a scary thought. in all honesty we have seen much better results when teachers understand proficiency, students understand proficiency and everything that has happening in the classroom is focused on proficiency.

    So glad to hear that you are using AAPPL to help you validate what is going on in your classroom or potentially make adjustment. This assessment is such an important piece of the feedback loop. Also, love the innovative way you raised the funds to make it happen. Kudos to you.

  3. Rosemarie Alagia says:

    Hi, I may be interested in doing this test with my students (I teach French). I’m wondering what your students’ experience was like typing in Spanish / using accents on the keyboard? My students do not use the computer very often and are not familiar with how to type accents, and I wonder if that will hinder them in the Writing section.

  4. Rosemarie Alagia says:

    I’m sorry to keep asking so many questions… my students started the test today and I’m thrilled with the results so far. Where did you get the above statistic that 90% of students score at NH/IL level after 4 years of high school? I can’t find it on the ACTFL website.

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