Course Summary
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50-125 minutes
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 6 listening comprehension in the respective target language


The ACTFL Listening Proficiency Test (LPT) is a standardized test for the global assessment of listening ability in a language. The LPT measures how well a person understands spoken language extemporaneously when presented with discourse types and listening tasks as described in the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines - Listening. Listening skills are evaluated without candidates having time and/or access to dictionaries or grammar references. The ACTFL LPT is a carefully constructed assessment that evaluates Novice to Superior levels of listening ability. It is delivered by computer via the Internet. The test can assess a specific range of proficiency (e.g. Novice Mid to Intermediate Mid; Intermediate Mid to Advanced Mid; and Advanced Low to Superior). These options ensure that the test administered targets the range of the test-taker's listening ability and is economical in terms of time and effort. The test length varies: 50 minutes for a two-level test, 75 minutes for a three-level test and 125 minutes for a full-range test. The ACTFL LPT presents between 10 and 25 spoken passages for the test-taker to listen to based on the range of proficiency selected. At the Intermediate level, the texts are in the target language and the questions and associated multiple choice answers are in English. At the Advanced and Superior levels, the texts and questions with multiple choice answers are in the target language. The languages include: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Skills Measured:

The ACTFL Listening Proficiency Test (LPT) assesses listening comprehension. Listening comprehension is largely based on the amount of information listeners can retrieve from what they hear and the inferences and connections that they can make. By describing the tasks that listeners can perform with different types of oral texts and under different types of circumstances, the Listening Proficiency Guidelines describe how listeners understand oral discourse.
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