LanguageLine Academy offers a comprehensive language proficiency testing process, developed with over 34 years of experience. Externally validated by professional subject matter experts, our tests are backed by one million annual interpreting encounters. No other organization has more experienced or competent language experts capable of ensuring accuracy in proficiency testing.
LanguageLine Academy has developed comprehensive tests to help interpreters, bilingual employees and organizations assess and attest their language and interpreting skills. All LanguageLine Academy tests have been validated by external experts or a psychometrician.
Language proficiency requires knowledge of grammar, vocabulary and syntax, among other things. The test is an oral proficiency interview conducted entirely in the tested language and designed to identify an individual’s level of linguistic proficiency. This test uses Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) rating scale, which is widely accepted by the government agencies and education sector in the United States.
Although fluency in two languages is required for interpreters, bilingualism alone is not sufficient to ensure that the bilingual individual has the specific skill-set needed for interpreting between the two languages.
The LPT is also available in English for organizations that need to ensure that their bilingual employees speak English in a sufficiently clear and coherent manner for interactions with their English-speaking clients. This test is of particular relevance to call center employees.
Testing fluency and competency in your bilingual and interpreter staff, as well as candidates for hire, has never been easier. The eLanguage Proficiency Test, the eLPT, is available in 17 languages, including English. The eLPT offers online delivery of the Academy’s Language Proficiency Test, allowing for quicker, more convenient testing of bilingual staff and applicants without compromising the quality of the results.
Candidates register online and complete the test over the phone on their own schedule. Tests are evaluated and rated by experienced, professional raters for dependable, accurate results.
The eLPT can also be easily integrated into HR Platforms or company intranets to provide seamless integration into the hiring process with easy to access results.
See for yourself just how easy it is to register and take the test.
The BFA assesses the candidate’s oral proficiency in English and a target language, as well as knowledge of general terminology commonly used in a health care setting by medical assistants, receptionists, and other front end staff. Also available online (eBFA).
The BFAC assesses the same knowledge as the BFA, however, it includes specific medical terminology in both tested languages. It is often used to assess the fluency of clinical staff in a health care setting, such as physicians, nurses, and technicians. Also avialable online (eBFAC).
(First-time users will need to set up a free scheduling account.)