Certification: ACTFL Listening Proficiency Test (LPT)

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
1001 N. Fairfax Street, Suite 200 Alexandria, VA 22314

The ACTFL Listening Proficiency Test (LPT) is a proctored, online, proficiency-based test for the global assessment of listening ability in a language. It is an assessment of the Interpretive Communication Mode as described in the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages. LPTs measure how well a person understands spoken language as described by the ACTFL or ILR rating scales.

The LPT assesses general language proficiency, not what is learned in a specific program, class, school, or university. It is not tied to a particular teaching method or curriculum. Rather than assessing what you "know" about the language, the LPT is an assessment of how well you can understand the spoken language.

More than two years of education or training after high school required?
More than two years of work experience required?
Oral or Written Exam Required?
Renewal Required?
Every 4 Year(s)
Renew through Continuing Professional Development(CPD)?

Online Exam

Language Testing International external site (LTI) is the exclusive provider of ACTFL assessments.


The certification has an education level of an Associates of Arts or Associates of Sciences degree or higher and has a work experience requirement of more than 2 years, or requires obtaining a ‘core’ level certification from the same organization.

  • This certification is related to military occupational specialties.