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Interpreting the Reading and Listening Score Ranges: Level and Scaled

Benchmark Levels are grouped by major levels (Novice, Intermediate and Advanced). Within each major level are three sub-levels that are aligned ACTFL's low, mid, and high designations. Scaled Scores provide additional breakdown within each sub-level.

Scaled Scores can be helpful to track incremental progress when doing pre and post testing. Note that for the scaled scores there is approximately +/- 10 point standard error for an individual test taker’s results. This should be kept in mind when comparing student scores or when comparing student performance to the cut scores for various proficiency levels.

Currently scaled scores are not available for English, Italian, Polish, or Russian. We plan to provide them in the 2019-2020 school year.

Use the following link for accessing Scaled Scores for tests delivered prior to September 2019
Previous Scaled Scores

Arabic Score Interpretation Table

Benchmark Group Listening Reading
Advanced High 609 - 655 -
Mid 591 - 608 -
Low 573 - 590 -
Intermediate High 543 - 572 -
Mid 529 - 542 -
Low 518 - 528 -
Novice High 465 - 517 -
Mid 454 - 464 -
Low 341 - 453 -

* The Arabic Reading Scaled Scores are in process
 

Chinese Simplified Score Interpretation Table

Benchmark Group Listening Reading
Advanced High 613 - 672 675 - 793
Mid 587 - 612 638 - 674
Low 576 - 586 613 - 637
Intermediate High 519 - 575 554 - 612
Mid 508 - 518 532 - 553
Low 497 - 507 510 - 531
Novice High 465 - 496 444 - 509
Mid 454 - 464 422 - 443
Low 343 - 453 187 - 416
 

Chinese Traditional Score Interpretation Table

Benchmark Group Listening Reading
Advanced High 756 - 798 761 - 808
Mid 714 - 755 713 - 760
Low 671 - 713 665 - 712
Intermediate High 633 - 670 632 - 664
Mid 601 - 632 599 - 631
Low 563 - 600 566 - 598
Novice High 508 - 562 550 - 565
Mid 454 - 507 460 - 549
Low 216 - 453 191 - 459
 

French Score Interpretation Table

Benchmark Group Listening Reading
Advanced High - 621 - 668
Mid - 603 - 620
Low - 588 - 602
Intermediate High - 536 - 587
Mid - 522 - 535
Low - 510 - 521
Novice High - 460 - 509
Mid - 449 - 459
Low - 338 - 448

* The French Listening Scaled Scores are in process
 

German Score Interpretation Table

Benchmark Group Listening Reading
Advanced High 628 - 642 639 - 655
Mid 596 - 627 606 - 638
Low 560 - 595 567 - 605
Intermediate High 546 - 559 519 - 566
Mid 522 - 545 510 - 518
Low 507 - 521 499 - 509
Novice High 478 - 506 473 - 498
Mid 464 - 477 463 - 472
Low 372 - 463 374 - 462
 

Hebrew Score Interpretation Table - Grades 2-6

Benchmark Group Listening Reading
Advanced High 634 - 676 640 - 681
Mid 583 - 633 591 - 639
Low 554 - 582 558 - 590
Intermediate High 541 - 553 530 - 557
Mid 527 - 540 518 - 529
Low 514 - 526 510 - 517
Novice High 478 - 513 484 - 508
Mid 464 - 477 474 - 483
Low 375 - 463 384 - 473
 

Hebrew Score Interpretation Table - Grades 7-Adult

Benchmark Group Listening Reading
Advanced High 643 - 688 652 - 690
Mid 592 - 642 604 - 651
Low 560 - 591 566 - 603
Intermediate High 539 - 559 526 - 565
Mid 518 - 538 517 - 525
Low 506 - 517 503 - 516
Novice High 478 - 505 483 - 502
Mid 459 - 477 470 - 482
Low 375 - 458 384 - 469
 

Japanese Score Interpretation Table

Benchmark Group Listening Reading
Advanced High 600 - 643 618 - 663
Mid 577 - 599 599 - 617
Low 563 - 576 584 - 598
Intermediate High 535 - 562 536 - 583
Mid 521 - 534 522 - 535
Low 509 - 520 510 - 521
Novice High 457 - 508 460 - 509
Mid 446 - 456 449 - 459
Low 335 - 445 336 - 448
 

Spanish Score Interpretation Table

Benchmark Group Listening Reading
Advanced High 584 - 642 599 - 657
Mid 561 - 583 572 - 598
Low 548 - 560 558 - 571
Intermediate High 527 - 547 526 - 557
Mid 516 - 526 516 - 525
Low 504 - 515 504 - 515
Novice High 473 - 503 461 - 503
Mid 462 - 472 451 - 460
Low 353 - 461 340 - 450

Use the following link for accessing Scaled Scores for tests delivered prior to September 2019
Previous Scaled Scores

Updated September 2019

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