Speaking Self Assessment
To get a general idea of your level, using the ACTFL Proficiency scale, read the following descriptions and watch the videos featuring Oral Proficiency Interview in English to determine the level that most closely matches your own speaking ability in the foreign language. Please note that self-assessment is not a very reliable tool, nor is it a substitute for a real Oral Proficiency Test. It can only give you a very general idea about your proficiency level.
|Novice||I can only say what I have memorized in my language courses.
Watch » Oral Proficiency Interview (Novice)
|Intermediate||I can use the language to talk about familiar topics related to daily life. I can ask and answer simple questions and handle straightforward situations. I generally speak in simple discrete sentences.
Watch » Oral Proficiency Interview (Intermediate)
|Advanced||I can take an active part with a degree of fluency and spontaneity in discussions with native speakers on familiar topics, expressing and supporting my views.
Watch » Oral Proficiency Interview (Advanced)
|Superior||I can can converse with ease, accuracy, and fluency about a variety of topics in formal and informal settings. I can discuss my interests and fields of competence, explain complex matters in detail, provide lengthy and coherent narrations and provide structured arguments to support my opinions.
Watch » Oral Proficiency Interview (Superior)
|Distinguished||I am an educated and articulate speaker of the language. I can discuss a broad range of global issues and highly abstract concepts in a culturally authentic manner by tailoring my speech to a variety of audiences.
Watch » Oral Proficiency Interview (Distinguished)
To get a general idea of your writing level, using the ACTFL Proficiency scale for writing, read the following descriptions to determine the level that most closely matches your own writing ability in the foreign language. Please note that self-assessment is not a very reliable tool, nor is it a substitute for a real Oral Proficiency Test. It can only give you a very general idea about your proficiency level.
|Novice||I can write words, phrases, and formulaic expressions to convey simple messages, relying on familiar or learned material.|
|Intermediate||I can write simple messages, notes, letters, ask for and answer requests for information, using basic vocabulary and grammatical constructions.|
|Advanced||I can write routine informal and some formal correspondence, e.g., business letters and professional reports, with good grammatical and lexical accuracy.|
|Superior||I can write most kinds of formal and informal correspondence, in-depth summaries, reports, and research papers on a variety of social, academic, and professional topics with a high degree of control of grammar and precision of vocabulary.|
|Distinguished||I am a sophisticated and skilled writer of the language. I can write analytically on complex professional, academic, and societal issues with subtlety and nuance, tailoring my language to the readers. I can handle a variety of genres.|