BYU ART (Adaptive Reading Test) and BYU ALT (Adaptive Listening Test)

BYU ART (Adaptive Reading Test) and BYU ALT (Adaptive Listening Test), formerly called the ACTFL-BYU tests, were developed at Brigham Young University in cooperation with ACTFL and with additional support from DLNSEO.

The ART has two forms: one for traditional characters and one for simplified. However, at the higher levels both forms contain a mix of both traditional and simplified characters, based on the assumption that to have higher-level reading proficiency is to command both forms as they are presented to the reader.

ART and ALT are computer adaptive, criterion referenced, and internet deliverable. In addition to the
ACTFL ratings, they include a notation to show trends toward the next level as follows: For ease of description, progress within a proficiency level is described using the mnemonic “REDS”, where:

  • R stands for Random ability – or a score that is at or below the level of random guessing.
  • E stands for Emerging ability – or a score that is at least one item better than chance, but does not exceeded getting half of the items correct.
  • D stands for Developing skills – or the ability to answer more than half of the items correctly, but not be able to sustain that level of performance at least 70% of the time.
  • S stands for Sustained ability. Using the ILR scale, there is a single threshold score of 70% that represents the lower qualifying boundary for sustained performance at that level. In the ACTFL scale, 70% qualifies for a sustained rating of “Low” and 80% is required for a sustained rating of “Mid”. By definition, it is not possible to earn an ILR “Plus” or an ACTFL “High” sublevel rating unless one shows both sustained ability at that level and developing skills at the next higher level.

The ten proficiency levels are:

Superior Intermediate Mid
Advanced High Intermediate Low
Advanced Mid Novice High
Advanced Low Novice Mid
Intermediate High Novice Low

BYU ART and BYU ALT must be administered in a proctored environment by a pre-approved proctor. The approved proctor will receive the Proctor Guideline, which include the detailed testing instructions and troubleshooting information from the BYU Chinese Flagship Center. Please contact your proctor to get the detailed registration and testing information or send an email to flagship_assessment@byu.edu.

Go to the following link BYU ART (Adaptive Reading Test) and BYU ALT (Adaptive Listening Test)