The uses of aptitude tests for entry to language training, diagnosis, placement for training, and certification are described. The Language Training Program of the Public Service Commission of Canada provides language training and testing in French and English to public servants required to use either official language. A variety of aptitude tests have been used in combination with other measures to determine whether applicants have the potential to succeed in language training, to establish a learning rate and knowledge level, and to assess the success rate of the program. While aptitude tests have been found to be useful, the number and kinds available for use with this population are limited. The Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) has been the most consistently used, but one or more parallel tests would be welcome, especially in retesting situations. In addition, because of changes in program orientation, policies, the final proficiency test, and the training population, it is possible that the strength of the relationship between the MLAT and the exit examination has been reduced. Efforts to make the most effective use of the existing testing program and to improve the placement process with adoption or adaptation of other measures are ongoing. (MSE)
Paper presented at the Interagency Language Roundtable Symposium on Language Aptitude Testing (Washington, DC, September 14-16, 1988).
Canada; Modern Language Aptitude Test; Public Service Commission of Canada
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Public Service Commission of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario). Language Training Branch.