Bulgarian School of Seattle has made a major change to who is eligible to take the ALTA exam and to the exam requirements. Many students and families will benefit from this change. Age requirement will still be based on student school year placement in middle or high school. All registrants will be asked about the name of their primarily school, grade level, student ID number & school district. A comments field will also be included in online registration.

There are a few factors to consider as you decide when to take the test. Candidates should have at least two years of strong preparation in the language provided at the Bulgarian School of Seattle, the more the better. Please note that this test reflects what is commonly taught at the Bulgarian School of Seattle. The students who passed the test previous years have received the highest score (Advanced High/Superior).
From 2016/2017 school year, the ALTA preparation course at the Bulgarian School of Seattle is available online. Candidates are likely not to do as well if they take the test after they haven’t been in a Bulgarian class for several months, or, have not taken any Bulgarian language classes.
If I am not satisfied with my results, can I retest? If so, how soon?

Yes, you can retest. Usually it’s best to wait  at least one school year before retesting.

What is the best way to prepare for the test
These tests measure your proficiency: what you can do with the language (not what you know about the language, such as grammar facts or vocabulary definitions). You’ll be asked to speak and write about different topics to see whether your proficiency level is more at the Novice level, Intermediate level, or Advanced level.

 GENERAL PREFACE TO THE ACTFL PROFICIENCY GUIDELINES The ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines are a description of what individuals can do with language in terms of speaking, writing, listening, and reading in real-world situations in a spontaneous and non-rehearsed context. For each skill, these guidelines identify five major levels of proficiency: Distinguished, Superior, Advanced, Intermediate, and Novice. The major levels Advanced, Intermediate, and Novice are subdivided into High, Mid, and Low sublevels. The levels of the ACTFL Guidelines describe the continuum of proficiency from that of the highly articulate, well-educated language user to a level of little or no functional ability.

These Guidelines present the levels of proficiency as ranges, and describe what an individual can and cannot do with language at each level, regardless of where, when, or how the language was acquired. Together these levels form a hierarchy in which each level subsumes all lower levels. The Guidelines are not based on any particular theory, pedagogical method, or educational curriculum. They neither describe how an individual learns a language nor prescribe how an individual should learn a language, and they should not be used for such purposes. They are an instrument for the evaluation of functional language ability.