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Testing your listening proficiency



You can test your listening proficiency by choosing a comprehension task to perform and comparing your performance to the descriptions of different listening proficiency levels in the ACTFL Guidelines.

  • Choose a task that is appropriate for what you think is your current proficiency level, or ask someone else to choose the task.
  • Do not rehearse the specific task ahead of time.


    The point is to see if you can perform a task that represents your overall proficiency, not to memorize something.

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  Here are the things to do when you test your listening proficiency:
  • Choose a listening task representative of the level you think you have reached. Even better, ask a friend to choose a task for you so you will not choose something you know that you can do.
  • Listen and demonstrate your understanding of what you heard to a language associate.
  • Ask the language associate what parts you misunderstood.
  • Reread the description of the different levels of listening proficiency in the ACTFL guidelines.
  • Decide as honestly as possible which level of the guidelines your performance matches.

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