The Second Language Proficiency Test (TPLS) is an educational tool designed by the Collegial Centre for Educational Materials Development (CCDMD) to assess, in French or English, the level of oral and written comprehension of individuals taking the test.
The French test is designed for students whose mother tongue is not French, and the English test for students whose mother tongue is not English.
The TPLS is an online adaptive test designed to measure an individual's level of proficiency in oral or written comprehension, and to identify that level on a standardized scale: the Language Proficiency Levels Scale.
The Second Language Proficiency Levels Scale details 10 levels of language proficiency development. It describes, for each level, what an individual is capable of understanding, both orally and in writing. The advantages of this scale are numerous:
The logistics of an online test are much simpler than those of a hard-copy test, since the test-related data are centralized and many key tasks are automated. There are also additional advantages to this type of test:
The progression of an adaptive test is non-linear: answers are analyzed as the test is being taken, and subsequent questions are selected accordingly. The test continues until the skill level estimate is stable from one question to another. The final result is translated into a proficiency level on the language scale, which constitutes the basis for skill assessment. Advantages of an adaptive test include: