FIELD TESTING (2017-2018)


American Councils develops intensive language immersion programs, including the Language Flagship and the Critical Language Scholarship program. We are pleased to invite institutions that focus on critical languages: Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, and Urdu to be part of the upcoming Field Test (FT) exams.


Statistical information collected from the field tests will be used to ensure the effectiveness of the test items. The online assessment consists of one listening and one reading comprehension section, and measures language proficiency of 0+ to 3+ on the ILR scale. Participants can take the assessment from any computer with a secure internet connection, flash, and audio.


  • Heritage, native, non-heritage, non-native (all learners) can participate in the 2017-2018 Field Tests with elementary-level proficiency equivalent to Level 1 (ILR) or Intermediate Low (ACTFL).
  • Must be at least 15 years old in order to participate.
  • The test questions are written in English, so test takers must be proficient in English to take this exam.


  • This test is free-of-charge.
  • Each participating test center will receive $10 per student tested.
  • Registered teachers will receive a roster report of their students' informal, informational scores.
  • Students will receive Informational ILR Scores on their proficiency of the language/s tested.

We currently offer testing windows during the third week of each month through April 2018. Here are the confirmed testing windows through April 2018:

Window 1: September 25-29, 2017
Window 2: October 16-20, 2017
Window 3: November 13-17, 2017
Window 4: December 18-22, 2017
Window 5: January 16-19, 2018
Window 6: February 20-23, 2018
Window 7: March 19-23, 2018
Window 8: April 16-20, 2018

Participants may take the assessment at any time during these suggested testing windows OR you may recommend different date/s to us, at your earliest convenience. Please note that the exam will take 2 hours to complete.


  • The FT exams can be administered in a computer lab at your school.
  • Please note that each unaffiliated examinee is responsible for locating a testing center (typically a local college or university / library computer lab)
  • We require a proctor and lab technician in order to administer the FT exams.

We hope that your students will participate in this effort, and through it we can highlight the importance of these critical languages, and bring attention to the need for current and valid assessments for languages that have historically received less attention.


Huma Manati  


1. Test Center Requirements 

2. Testing Center Reimbursement Form 

3. Field Test Flyer


Frequently Asked Questions