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Example: Writing descriptions and summaries to test your writing proficiency

 

Introduction
 

If you think you are at Intermediate proficiency, you can test your writing ability by describing a place you have visited, or writing a short summary of something you have heard or read.

Things to do
  Here are the things to do when you write descriptions and summaries to test your writing proficiency:
 
  • Decide what to write about. Choose something you have not written about before.
  • When you have finished, show your writing to someone who reads and writes the language well, and ask for corrections.
  • Reread the description of the different levels of writing proficiency in the ACTFL guidelines.
  • Decide as honestly as possible which level of the guidelines your performance matches. Assessment
    • If you are able to write a description or summary that a mother-tongue speaker can understand, you are probably at Intermediate level. You may have to look up some words in the dictionary and may still make quite a few mistakes.
    • If you are able to write a description or summary fairly easily, you may be at Advanced level. You may have to look up just a few words in the dictionary and may make just a few mistakes.
    • If you are able to write a description or summary easily without using a dictionary and making almost no mistakes, you may be at Superior level.

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