Language Proficiency Test
Language Testing International offers a completely comprehensive speaking language proficiency test. Certified by the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Language, LTI has been offering a variety of testing services and assessment options for many years. Simply being able to speak a language is not actually a proper measure of fluency and proficiency; as a result, LTI assessments measure the various levels of proficiencies in terms of spoken language. For example, a fluent speaker should be able to understand not just literal language in a given discussion, but also figurative, as well as words that possess multiple meanings and connotations.
One of the first things which measure a subject’s ability to speak fluently is their ability to actively engage in a conversation. In order to speak during a conversation requires that the subject understand the correct words to choose, as well as the syntax of a properly spoken sentence. Further, this often requires that the subject understand the pronunciation of words and phrases in the second language, and is able to produce them correctly across multiple words and discussions. Part of being able to be conversationally fluent in a language is that the subject does not need to do a running translation in their head; instead, they can think in the second language and respond appropriately.
Another example of fluency which is measured by LTI’s assessment is the subject’s ability to understand difficult words and phrases in the second language. Each language possesses homographs and homonyms, as well as words that vary in meaning based on the sentence they are in and the context in which they are used. In order to be accurately fluent, a speaker needs to be able to navigate the constantly shifting landscape of vocabulary, context, and culture.
Finally, Language Testing International examines the speaker’s fluency in academic language as well. While the vernacular is often good enough for getting by in day to day lives, being able to engage in academic language is often the difference between informal language and professional or technical language. Academic vocabulary covers everything from formal writing scenarios to situations which require an extensive set of knowledge in the language related to key historic or scientific terminology. Further, academic language often centers on the professional life and the ability to be successful in their business career.
While many companies can claim to offer linguistic testing, only Language Testing International offers the most comprehensive set of examinations on the market. In terms of making sure that your testing subject can speak the language with every aspect of fluency, only this language proficiency test covers all measures, across the board.