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AAPPL Overview

Adapted from materials provided by Language Testing International (LTI)

About the AAPPL

AAPPL, or the ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Language, is the assessment used by Participate Learning to monitor student progress in language acquisition in 2nd, 5th, and 8th grades.

AAPPL tests students in up to four language components:

  • Interpretive Listening (IL),
  • Interpretive Reading (IR),
  • Interpersonal Listening and Speaking (ILS), and
  • Presentational Writing (PW).


At 5th and 8th grades, all four components are tested. At 2nd grade, only the ILS component is tested.*

*After speaking with AAPPL representatives, our team was advised not to test the IL component in 2nd grade until it is available in Form E. Please contact our team if you would like to discuss further at [email protected].

Forms of the AAPPL

AAPPL offers three forms of the assessment:

  • Form E​ targets mid-elementary students and is currently (for 2020 spring administration) only available in the ILS component in Spanish.
  • Form A ​targets students scoring in the Novice and Intermediate range (each component contains 6 tasks, 3 of which are targeted at Novice skills and 3 of which are targeted at Intermediate skills).
  • Form B​ targets students scoring in the Intermediate and Advanced range (each component contains 6 tasks, 3 of which are targeted at Intermediate skills and 3 of which are targeted at Advanced skills).

Participate Learning manages all assessment orders and will cover the cost of administration for the components tested. We will additionally provide retests for any components scored as ‘UR’, or unratable. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide retests for students that score in the ‘Above I-4’ range on Form A or ‘Below N-4’ on Form B.

Full immersion model

In the full immersion model, 90 percent of instruction is delivered in Spanish, the target language.

50/50 model

In the 50/50 immersion model, instruction is balanced between the target language, Spanish, and English in equal parts.

Questions or concerns?

Please reach out to us at any time at [email protected].

If you run into any technical issues during AAPPL administration, please reach out to the AAPPL Help Desk directly at ​[email protected]
or 800-486-8444.