Establish World Language Competency Testing
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World Languages

Establish World Language Competency Testing


For School Districts


Registration Testing Results
+ Proctoring Guidelines (General)

Proctoring guidance is often, but not always, provided by the testing agency. Most of it is common sense: ensure a credible testing environment. Below are suggestions:

  1. Recruit testing proctors, as necessary, for the volume and type of tests involved. Administrators, school counselors, and teachers make good proctors. An honorarium may be given, depending on the proctor chosen, especially if they are from the community at large. It is not advised to have a parent of a testing student be the proctor.
  2. Conduct an orientation. Review the Competency Testing and Credits for World Languages and the Seal of Biliteracy webpages.
  3. During testing, you will want a quiet and secure environment with sufficient computer stations with headphones and microphones, spaced appropriately apart.
  4. Students should be able to test in one sitting. There may need to be a second testing date in order to accommodate the student numbers/computers and keep the testing environment appropriate.
  5. A proctor will need to be in the room at all times to ensure that students appropriately log in to the test and maintain the integrity of the testing scenario, i.e., no talking, no going to alternate sites to look up words or peek at a dictionary and/or notes, no leaving the room during testing, etc.
  6. It is wise to have a school technology expert on hand in case of technical problems.
  7. Conduct a “dry run” with the school’s technology expert.
    • Have students take a practice test ahead of time so they are familiar with the type of testing and can determine the appropriate log-in protocols, as required, for the testing agency.
    • Speaking is part of most language proficiency tests. Testing carrels should be appropriately spaced to ensure privacy. Headphones with microphones will be needed. Check with the testing agency for technology requirements.
    • Most proficiency tests take 60–90 minutes, depending on the testing agency. Only under very unusual circumstances would a student need to abort testing mid-test and come back later to finish.

NOTE: Seniors relying on the results of a world language competency test taken during their graduation year must be advised that there are no credit guarantees. Test results will be interpreted by the testing agency and then translated into credits based on student performance. The student might not qualify for any world language credit or the student might qualify for up to 4 world language credits. Visit Step 3: Results for additional information. Test results may have implications for students seeking to earn the Seal of Biliteracy upon graduation.

Sample Tests:

Step 2: Testing - Order and Set up

Two Weeks Before Testing Date

  • Close registration
  • Check registration list for errors
  • Arrange transportation, if district provides
  • Hire or reassign a technical support person.
  • Hire one proctor per 25 students, plus at least one floater.
  • Do test diagnostics provided by the testing companies

Order Tests by Language and Provider - Options List (Includes AP and IB options)

+ STAMP and WorldSpeak-Avant Assessment

Proctoring Guidelines

Order Tests

One Week Before Testing Date

  • Send out reminders to students
  • Print testing code labels to put on computer monitors

Testing Day

  • Proctors arrive 30-45 minutes early for instructions per testing company proctor agreement
  • Students check in with proctors and provide a photo I.D. Verify name on registration list
  • Supply pens for students
  • Instruct students to follow a clear pattern when creating logins (first_last)
  • Have students write down the login they create
  • Encourage student to finish both the red section (reading/writing) and the yellow section (listening/speaking)
  • Collect all tests and testing directions before students leave

Two Days Later

  • Check test results online for problems. (Unfinished tests, Un-ratable tests (contact testing company for explanation), or Incomplete results)

+ ALTA Language Testing

Order Tests

  • Order written tests needed through ALTA’s online system
  • Print out written test when it arrives by email from ALTA
  • Email ALTA for appointment for Oral interview
  • Confirm appointment with students by phone to avoid NO SHOW CHARGE (use a translator, if necessary)
  • Download and print proctoring agreement
  • Consider doing ALTA writing, first and scheduling interviews only for students who pass

One Week Before Testing Date

  • Send out reminders to students and time of oral interview, if scheduled

Testing Day

  • Proctors arrive 30–45 minutes early for instructions per testing company proctor agreement
  • Students check in with proctors and provide a photo ID. Verify name on registration list
  • Supply pens for students
  • Collect all tests and testing directions before students leave
  • Give students written assignment to complete
  • Scan written assignments and send them to ALTA
  • Speaking Tests: send students to phone interview room at appointment time

Two Days Later

  • Check test results online for problems. (Unfinished tests, Un-ratable tests (contact testing company for explanation), or Incomplete results)
  • Students who score zero on the ILR (International Language Rating) for writing do not qualify for credits; do not schedule oral
  • Email ALTA to schedule a speaking appointment for students who received a score of zero+ (0+) or higher on the written test
  • Confirm speaking appointment with students and proctor

+ Language Testing International (LTI)

Order Tests

  • Order WPT, OPIc, and AAPPL tests through LTI’s website
  • LTI delivers tests through online system
  • Verify one computer and headset per student for OPIc and AAPPL
  • Submit three possible times for the OPIs through LTI’s online system
  • LTI will send time of interview by email
  • Confirm appointment with students by phone to avoid NO SHOW CHARGE (use a translator, if necessary)
  • Download proctoring agreement

One Week Before Testing Date

  • Send out reminders to students; include time of OPI
  • Print WPTs and OPIc codes

Testing Day

  • Proctors arrive 30–45 minutes early for instructions per testing company proctor agreement
  • Students check in with proctors and provide a photo ID. Verify name on registration list
  • Supply pens for students
  • Collect all tests and testing directions before students leave
  • Students need computers for OPIc
  • Students will hand write the WPT
  • OPI Tests: send students to phone interview room at appointment time
  • Scan written tests and email back to LTI

Two Days Later

  • Check test results online for problems. (Unfinished tests, Un-ratable tests (contact testing company for explanation), or Incomplete results)
  • Students who score Novice-Low for writing do not qualify for credits; do not schedule oral
  • Schedule OPI appointment through LTI’s testing site for students who received a score of Novice-Mid or higher
  • Confirm speaking appointment with students and proctor

+ Custom Tests

Order Tests

  • If a tester has requested a language not offered by the commercial testing companies, check for dialects and alternative names on http://www.ethnologue.com
  • Contact WAFLT for instructions to the Custom Test
  • Verify one computer and headset per student One Week Before Testing Date
  • Send out reminders to students Testing Day
  • Proctors arrive 30–45 minutes early for instructions
  • Students check in with proctors and provide a photo ID. Verify name on registration list.
  • Supply pens for students
  • Collect all tests and testing directions before students leave

Two Days Later
Notify WAFLT of the Students Names and Languages Who:

  • Completed the tests
  • Need more time
  • Will not complete the tests

 

 

 

 

Competency Credits for World Languages

   Updated 2/26/2019

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