Our Rating Scale

ProFluent+ uses the internationally recognized ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines as the rating scale, which will allow you to receive one of 10 ratings. You can find each rating level listed below, along with interactive buttons to view more information about each level.

Novice

If you are a Novice speaker, you're probably just starting to learn a language. You know some memorized words and phrases, but not much more than that. Typical examples of Novice-level language would be memorized greetings, numbers, colors, days of the week, etc.

Novice Low (Minimal Word Level Proficiency)

  • Interpersonal Communication

I can communicate on some very familiar topics using single words and phrases that I have practiced and memorized.

  • Presentational Speaking

I can present information about myself and some other very familiar topics using single words or memorized phrases.

Novice Mid (Word and Phrase Level Proficiency)

  • Interpersonal Communication

I can communicate on very familiar topics using a variety of words and phrases that I have practiced and memorized.

  • Presentational Speaking

I can present information about myself and some other very familiar topics using a variety of words, phrases, and memorized expressions.

Novice High (Simple Survival Proficiency)

  • Interpersonal Communication

I can communicate and exchange information about familiar topics using phrases and simple sentences, sometimes supported by memorized language. I can usually handle short social interactions in everyday situations by asking and answering simple questions.

  • Presentational Speaking

I can present basic information on familiar topics using language I have practiced using phrases and simple sentences.

Intermediate

If you're an Intermediate speaker of a language, you can think of yourself as a survivor. You can't really tell a story, but you can put together sentences and get by. If you're an Intermediate speaker, for example, you can successfully open a bank account, rent a car, or buy something at the store.

Intermediate Low (Survival Proficiency)

  • Interpersonal Communication

I can participate in conversations on a number of familiar topics using simple sentences. I can handle short social interactions in everyday situations by asking and answering simple questions.

  • Presentational Speaking

I can present information on most familiar topics using a series of simple sentences.

Intermediate Mid (Conversational Proficiency)

  • Interpersonal Communication

I can participate in conversations on familiar topics using sentences and series of sentences. I can handle short social interactions in everyday situations by asking and answering a variety of questions. I can usually say what I want to say about myself and my everyday life.

  • Presentational Speaking

I can make presentations on a wide variety of familiar topics using connected sentences.

Intermediate High (Limited Work Proficiency)

  • Interpersonal Communication

I can participate with ease and confidence in conversations on familiar topics. I can usually talk about events and experiences in various time frames. I can usually describe people, places, and things. I can handle social interactions in everyday situations, sometimes even when there is an unexpected complication.

  • Presentational Speaking

I can make presentations in a generally organized way on school, work, and community topics, and on topics I have researched. I can make presentations on some events and experiences in various time frames.

Advanced

If you're an Advanced speaker, you can speak in full paragraphs, using past, present and future. You can describe things in detail, and you can tell a story.

Advanced Low (Routine Work Proficiency)

  • Interpersonal Communication

I can participate in conversations about familiar topics that go beyond my everyday life. I can talk in an organized way and with some detail about events and experiences in various time frames. I can describe people, places, and things in an organized way and with some detail. I can handle a familiar situation with an unexpected complication.

  • Presentational Speaking

I can deliver organized presentations appropriate to my audience on a variety of topics. I can present information about events and experiences in various time frames.

Advanced Mid (General Work Proficiency)

  • Interpersonal Communication

I can express myself fully not only on familiar topics but also on some concrete social, academic, and professional topics. I can talk in detail and in an organized way about events and experiences in various time frames. I can confidently handle routine situations with an unexpected complication. I can share my point of view in discussions on some complex issues.

  • Presentational Speaking

I can deliver well-organized presentations on concrete social, academic, and professional topics. I can present detailed information about events and experiences in various time frames.

Advanced High (Professional Proficiency)

  • Interpersonal Communication

I can express myself freely and spontaneously, and for the most part accurately, on concrete topics and on most complex issues. I can usually support my opinion and develop hypotheses on topics of particular interest or personal expertise.

  • Presentational Speaking

I can deliver detailed presentations, usually with accuracy, clarity and precision, on a variety of topics and issues related to community interests and some special fields of expertise.

Superior

If you're a Superior speaker, you can discuss lots of different topics, and you can speak in connected paragraphs. At this level, you can be understood by just about any speaker of the language, and you can talk about anything from daily life to supporting a hypothesis.

Superior (Extensive Professional Proficiency)

  • Interpersonal Communication

I can communicate with ease, accuracy, and fluency. I can participate fully and effectively in discussions on a variety of topics in formal and informal settings. I can discuss at length complex issues by structuring arguments and developing hypotheses.

  • Presentational Speaking

I can deliver detailed presentations with accuracy, clarity, and precision to a wide variety of audiences on topics and issues ranging from broad general interests to areas of specialized expertise.