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Testing your writing proficiency



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

  Here are some guidelines to follow when you test your writing proficiency:
  • Choose a task that is appropriate for the proficiency level you think describes you, 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.

Things to do Example
  Here are the things to do when you test your writing proficiency:
  • Choose a writing task representative of the level you think you are at. Even better, ask a friend to choose a task for you so you will not choose something you know you can do.
  • Show what you have written to someone who reads and writes the language well and ask for corrections.

    The Write and Rewrite technique

  • 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.

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