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LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY TESTING

Colorado Language Connection offers Oral Language Proficiency Assessment, Written Assessment in Target Language, and Translation Assessment for individuals who need to assess their language skills for employment or training purpose. The proficiency testing is provided through a third party company and administered by Colorado Language Connection. Over 85 languages available for testing.

Oral Language Proficiency Assessment

The Oral Language Proficiency Testing* is provided through ALTA Language Services and administered by Colorado Language Connection.  A representative from Colorado Language Connection Office will serve as the live proctor for this testing conducted over the zoom. 

*Listening and Speaking Language Proficiency Assessment for Burmese and Karen are provided directly by Colorado Language Connection not through ALTA. Please refer to the following column for additional information for Burmese and Karen Oral Language  Proficiency Assessment. 

Here is a guide to what to expect during the language proficiency testing:
 

  • We will assess your level of proficiency in the tested language. You do not have to prepare anything specific before taking the test other than polishing your existing proficiency by speaking, reading, and writing into the language as much as you can. 

  • The listening and speaking test lasts 25-30 minutes with sample and practice questions included to familiarize candidates with the system.

  • For this testing purpose, we require candidates to have a phone and a desktop/laptop/tablet equipped with a webcam, microphone, and speaker. 

  • The live proctor will meet via ZOOM with the candidates at the confirmed schedule for their test appointment. A zoom invite link will be sent via email. During the zoom meeting, the live proctor will send the phone number to dial in along with the pass code through the chat box.

  • The speaker phone must be turned on as the candidate is dialing in the number provided by the live proctor. This is to ensure the integrity of the testing process. Live proctor will stay throughout the practice and until the first question has been answered and will then hang up on the zoom while candidates continue to complete all the questions.

  • Please email a copy of your driver’s license to Erha "Agi" Puspita Davis erhapuspitadavis@auroramhr.org prior to test appointment

Rating to be considered as proficient in candidate's target language: Level 9 out of 12

 

RATING SCALE: A person at a level 9 can successfully handle in-depth conversations in the target language, on a broad range of subjects and at a normal rate of speech. He/She has difficulty understanding some slang or idioms or some advanced grammatical structures, but can figure out what is said by the context of the discussion. When speaking, a person at a level 9 can express himself/herself over a broad range of topics at a normal speed. He/She may have a noticeable accent and will make grammatical errors, for example with advanced tenses, but the errors will not cause misunderstanding to a native speaker.

VIEW LANGUAGES AVAILABLE FOR ORAL LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY ASSESSMENT BY ALTA

To schedule for your oral language proficiency test please email Erha "Agi" Puspita Davis erhapuspitadavis@auroramhr.org with the following information

  • First Name

  • Last Name

  • Type of language assessment (for example: Language Proficiency Assessment Listening and Speaking)

  • Language to be tested

  • Email

  • Phone number

PLEASE NOTE: We require payment in advance prior to scheduling for your test appointment. Please proceed with the online payment by clicking "Pay Online" button and following the instructions below:

Instructions to make a payment online:

Required Fields:

  • Under Select A Provider | Location *: Scroll down and select Colorado Language Connection

  • Client ID:​

    • Write in Participant’s First and Last Name Initials – LPA (month-year of appointment) [Example: JW-LPA07-08-23]

  • Last Name: 

  • First Name: 

  • Date of Birth: n/a

  • Date of Service:

    • Write in your requested Date and Time of your appointment [Example: 07/08/23 at 9 am]​

  • Complete credit card information

  • Specify Payment Amount

  • Click: SUBMIT PAYMENT

CLC Oral Burmese and Karen Listening and Speaking Language Proficiency Assessment (BKLPA)
$150 per language

Colorado Language Connection offers Speaking and Listening Proficiency Assessment in Karen and Burmese. This language assessment will determine the candidate’s language ability in speaking and listening in Karen and/or Burmese. 

The test fee for Burmese and Karen Oral Language Assessment is $150 per language. Payment must be submitted online on our website before the candidate can schedule a language assessment. After payment has been submitted, the candidate must email erhapuspitadavis@apdc.org to schedule for their language assessment appointment. A zoom link invitation will be emailed  once the date has been confirmed. 

 

Test Format
The language assessment will be administered remotely on Zoom by our professional language examiner who is a native speaker of Karen and Burmese. The candidate will need access to a computer with a camera and audio. Results along with the electronic certificate of language assessment signed by the evaluator will be emailed within 3-5 business days of completing the test. 

The candidate will be evaluated based on their speaking and listening response. Below are descriptions for each level of language proficiency assessment required for each level. 

What to expect

This language assessment is designed to evaluate the candidate's ability as well language necessary to successfully perform the duties of interpreter and/or bilingual staff. Examiner will rate the candidate’s fluency, pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, listening and comprehension skills. The language assessment takes approximately 30 minutes. The evaluator will interview the candidate with open-ended questions during which the candidate will respond verbally to questions asked which are designed to allow the examiner to determine the candidate's language ability. The examiner may ask follow-up questions about the explanations and information of the candidate provides.

The candidate must look directly into their webcam when speaking. If the candidate appears to be reading scripts, the evaluator will ask the candidate to stop. If the candidate continues to read from the script after the first verbal warning, the evaluator will terminate the assessment session. 

The candidate can request clarification or paraphrasing of a question at any time. 

Scores and placement 

The candidate will be evaluated based on their speaking and listening response. Below are descriptions for each level of language proficiency assessment required for each level. The test scores are ranging from Level 1 to Level 5. Results along with the electronic certificate of language assessment will be emailed within 3-5 business days of completing the test. 

Level 1 - Novice
The candidate is able to listen and comprehend very basic conversations with limited uncomplicated social situations, such as personal preferences, physical and social needs. Candidate can pick up information from very short conversations spoken slowly. Candidate may need some repetition of the questions asked by the examiner. Candidate struggles to explain and re-tell situations and concepts. Pronunciation is sometimes correct and generally understood by the examiner. 

Level 2 Low Intermediate
The candidate is able to listen and comprehend conversations about general topics such as personal preferences, physical needs and social needs. The candidate can explain and retell situations and concepts at slower speed in everyday situations. Pronunciation is sometimes correct and generally understood by the examiner. 

Level 3 High Intermediate
The candidate is able to listen and comprehend conversations with more vocabulary words about general topics such as personal preferences, physical needs, social needs. The candidate can explain and retell situations and concepts at nearly natural speed in everyday situations. Pronunciation is almost correct and understood by the examiner.

Level 4 - Advanced
The candidate is able to listen and comprehend conversations with a vast vocabulary on general, social, news reports, and  academic topics. The candidate can explain and retell situations and concepts at nearly natural speed in everyday situations. The candidate can converse with ease and confidence and be able to participate actively in formal and information settings. Pronunciation is always correct and understood by the examiner. The candidate demonstrates the level of near-fluency of a native speaker. 

Level 5 - Native
The candidate is able to listen and comprehend conversations with a vast vocabulary  on general, social, news reports, and  academic topics. The candidate can explain and retell situations and concepts at natural speed. The candidate can converse with ease and confidence and be able to participate actively in formal and information settings. The candidate is able to understand the details and the logical points from the conversation. Pronunciation is always correct and understood by the examiner. The candidate demonstrates the level of fluency of a native speaker. 

Level Recommendation:
With a score of Level 4 or 5, the candidate has successfully demonstrated the ability to handle complex sentences and adjust registers with accuracy  in all conversational settings. 

If the candidate receives a score of 3 or lower, they may provide basic communication that involve a minimum of spoken Karen and/or Burmese communication. Our recommend for the candidate who does not achieve a score of Level 4 to wait 2 months before retaking the test. 

 

Cancellation Policy
The test registration fee is not refundable. The candidate has the option to reschedule within 24-hours notice. Any reschedule in less than 24 hours will forfeit their testing fee and must pay again to reschedule. 

To cancel and reschedule please email erhapuspitadavis@auroramhr.org

Below are some questions to help prepare for the oral language assessment
•    If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
•    What do you like to do during your free time?
•    What do you want to be when you grew up?
•    What is your hobby?
•    What is your favorite sport?
•    Five years from now, what do you want to be doing?
•    What is your favorite holiday?
•    What does success mean to you?
•    What is your  dream job?

 

To schedule for your oral language proficiency test please email Erha "Agi" Puspita Davis erhapuspitadavis@auroramhr.org with the following information

  • First Name

  • Last Name

  • Type of language assessment (for example: Language Proficiency Assessment Listening and Speaking)

  • Language to be tested

  • Email

  • Phone number

PLEASE NOTE: We require payment in advance prior to scheduling for your test appointment. Please proceed with the online payment by clicking "Pay Online" button and following the instructions below:

Instructions to make a payment online:

Required Fields:

  • Under Select A Provider | Location *: Scroll down and select Colorado Language Connection

  • Client ID:​

    • Write in Participant’s First and Last Name Initials – LPA (month-year of appointment) [Example: JW-LPA07-08-23]

  • Last Name: 

  • First Name: 

  • Date of Birth: n/a

  • Date of Service:

    • Write in your requested Date and Time of your appointment [Example: 07/08/23 at 9 am]​

  • Complete credit card information

  • Specify Payment Amount

  • Click: SUBMIT PAYMENT

Writing Assessment in Target Language - $175

Our writing assessment is provided through ALTA and administered by Colorado Language Connection. The test is used to measure a candidate’s ability to write in the target language. Written evaluation consists of a variety of prompts that one would encounter in a variety of business settings. Candidates have 60 minutes to complete the assessment. The test is available in over 85 languages. The results are available within two business days.  

The score of each test is evaluated by using a scale that includes both a quantitative and a holistic component. The
scoring criteria include 4 categories: Comprehension, Mechanics, Expression, and Overall. The writing assessment is scored by a trained evaluators that is a native speaker of the language. The overall score is assigned on the ALTA scale of 1-12 and/or the ILR scale of 0-4+. 

 

The fee is $175 per test per language, non-refundable. Duration of writing assessment is 60 minutes. The written assessment is conducted remotely appointment-based schedule with online proctoring included. 

Proctored tests must be performed on desktop computers, laptops ( Chrome books not accepted). Proctored tests cannot be performed on smart phones, Chrome books and tablets of any type (ipads included). Additional requirements can be found at the website below: 
http://proctoru.com/tech.php 
 
At the time of the assessment, the candidate will follow the instructions to first connect with their proctor who will check the performance of the webcam, microphone, and internet connection. The ProctorU representative will then verify the identity of the candidate and check that the room is empty. The proctor will also remotely connect to the candidate’s computer in order to watch their movements physically through the webcam and digitally through their computer. 

To schedule for your WRITING ASSESSMENT please email Erha Agi Puspita Davis erhapuspitadavis@auroramhr.org with the following information

 

To schedule for your oral language proficiency test please email Erha "Agi" Puspita Davis erhapuspitadavis@auroramhr.org with the following information

  • First Name

  • Last Name

  • Type of language assessment (for example: Language Proficiency Assessment Listening and Speaking)

  • Language to be tested

  • Email

  • Phone number

PLEASE NOTE: We require payment in advance prior to scheduling for your test appointment. Please proceed with the online payment by clicking "Pay Online" button and following the instructions below:

Instructions to make a payment online:

Required Fields:

  • Under Select A Provider | Location *: Scroll down and select Colorado Language Connection

  • Client ID:​

    • Write in Participant’s First and Last Name Initials – LPA (month-year of appointment) [Example: JW-LPA07-08-23]

  • Last Name: 

  • First Name: 

  • Date of Birth: n/a

  • Date of Service:

    • Write in your requested Date and Time of your appointment [Example: 07/08/23 at 9 am]​

  • Complete credit card information

  • Specify Payment Amount

  • Click: SUBMIT PAYMENT


 

Translation Assessment - $175

This Translation Assessment is provided by ALTA and administered by Colorado Language Connection. This assessment evaluates a candidate’s translation skills by asking candidates to translate two passages from English into a target language or vice versa. Each passage is between 200 and 250 words. Candidates can use paper dictionaries for the test. Candidates have two hours to complete the assessment. The test is available in over fifty languages. 


The translation assessment is scored by a trained evaluators that is a native speaker of the language. Candidates are scored on the accuracy of their translation; how well the translation maintains the style of the source text; grammar, spelling (including accent marks where applicable), punctuation; and vocabulary. The overall score is assigned on the ALTA scale of 1-12 and/or the ILR scale of 0-4+. 
 

Our Translation Assessment fee is $175 per test per language, non-refundable. The translation assessment is conducted remotely appointment-based schedule with online proctoring included. 

Proctored tests must be performed on desktop computers, laptops ( Chrome books not accepted). Proctored tests cannot be performed on smart phones, Chrome books and tablets of any type (ipads included). Additional requirements can be found at the website below: 
http://proctoru.com/tech.php 
 
At the time of the assessment, the candidate will follow the instructions to first connect with their proctor who will check the performance of the webcam, microphone, and internet connection. The ProctorU representative will then verify the identity of the candidate and check that the room is empty. The proctor will also remotely connect to the candidate’s computer in order to watch their movements physically through the webcam and digitally through their computer. 

To schedule for your translation assessment please email Erha "Agi" Puspita Davis erhapuspitadavis@auroramhr.org with the following information

  • First Name

  • Last Name

  • Type of language assessment (for example: Language Proficiency Assessment Listening and Speaking)

  • Language to be tested

  • Email

  • Phone number

PLEASE NOTE: We require payment in advance prior to scheduling for your test appointment. Please proceed with the online payment by clicking "Pay Online" button and following the instructions below:

Instructions to make a payment online:

Required Fields:

  • Under Select A Provider | Location *: Scroll down and select Colorado Language Connection

  • Client ID:​

    • Write in Participant’s First and Last Name Initials – LPA (month-year of appointment) [Example: JW-LPA07-08-23]

  • Last Name: 

  • First Name: 

  • Date of Birth: n/a

  • Date of Service:

    • Write in your requested Date and Time of your appointment [Example: 07/08/23 at 9 am]​

  • Complete credit card information

  • Specify Payment Amount

  • Click: SUBMIT PAYMENT

For additional information about the language testing please contact Erha Agi Puspita Davis erhapuspitadavis@auroramhr.org

 

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