World Language Proficiency Assessments
AAPPL Form B: The AAPPL test is given twice a year at James Clemens. It is recommended for classroom language learners to take this assessment at the end of level 4. Some very proficient students may try at the end of level 3, if desired. The test is taken on a computer and consists of listening/speaking, writing, and interpretative reading and listening (4 segments total). Students must achieve I-3 (Intermediate Mid 3) or higher on all four segments of the assessment. Students may retest on segments where a high enough score has not yet been achieved. Seniors must pass all segments by the approved date in order to qualify for the seal prior to graduation. The AAPPL exam is available in the following languages: Arabic, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Thai. Demo questions for the AAPPL exam 2.0 can be found here.
ALIRA: The ALIRA exam is for students learning Latin. This test is given twice a year at James Clemens. It is recommended for language learners to take this assessment at the end of level 4. Some very proficient students may try at the end of level 3, if desired. It is taken on a computer and consists of interpretative reading. Students must achieve I-3 (Intermediate Mid 3) or higher. Students may retest when a high enough score has not yet been achieved. Seniors must pass by the approved date in order to qualify for the seal prior to graduation. A sample test can be found here.
AP Exam: This test is given once a year at James Clemens following completion of level 5 of French, German, Latin, or Spanish. It is a paper-based assessment consisting of interpretive listening and reading, speaking, and writing for modern languages. For Latin, the test consists of interpretative reading and translation. Students must achieve a score of 3 or higher on their exam. For more details about this exam, click here. 12th graders may not use their AP language score to qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy, because the scores are not available until after graduation. These students should take the AAPPL exam (French, German, or Spanish) or the ALIRA (Latin) to achieve the seal of biliteracy.
OPI/WPT: This set of tests is available February through April for 11th and 12th graders. It consists of a one-on-one interview with an examiner for the speaking proficiency. For the writing, the student is given prompts in to which they respond in their target language. This assessment is available for the following languauges: Albanian, Amharic, Bengali/Bangla, Bosnian/Croatian, Bulgarian, Cantonese, Dari, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Malayalam, Pashto, Polish, Swahili, Tamil, Tagalog, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese and Yoruba. Students must score Intermediate Mid on both parts of the exam. More details about this assessment can be found here.