Language Aptitude Tests

Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT)

Computer-Based Modern Language Aptitude Test

Appropriate for adults, college/university students
Available in a paper-based version (MLAT) as well as a computer-based version (CB-MLAT)

Common Uses

  • Selection and placement of language learners by government agencies, missionary groups, and companies
  • Diagnosis of foreign language learning disability (FLLD) for college/university students and adults
  • Placement of language learners in the most appropriate instructional settings in colleges/universities or other formal classroom settings

Modern Language Aptitude Test- Elementary Version (MLAT-E)

Appropriate for students grades 3-6 whose first language is English

Common Uses

  • Providing guidance to elementary school students beginning or struggling with foreign language study
  • Advising students who do well on the test to pursue the study of a second and/or third language
  • Building a history of low performance on language aptitude measures to establish the presence of a foreign language learning disability
  • Placement of language learners in the most appropriate instructional setting in grades 3-6
  • Understanding students cognitive strengths and weaknesses pertaining to language learning

Modern Language Aptitude Test- Elementary Spanish Version (MLAT-ES)

Appropriate for students grades 3-6 whose first language is Spanish
Spanish language adaptation of the MLAT-E
Can be used with Spanish-speaking children in the United States or with native Spanish-speaking children in other countries

Common Uses

  • Determining if a Spanish-speaking child in the United States is having difficulty learning English as a second language has a language learning disability
  • Providing guidance to teachers and parents of Spanish-speaking elementary school students beginning or struggling with foreign language study
  • Advising students who do well on the test to pursue the study of a second and/or third language
  • Building a history of language learning difficulty to aid in the diagnosis of a foreign language learning disability
  • Understanding students cognitive strengths and weaknesses pertaining to language learning
  • Placement of second language learners in the most appropriate instructional setting in grades 3-6
  • Aiding in making decisions about the most appropriate language teaching methodologies

Pimsleur Language Aptitude Battery (PLAB)

Appropriate for students in grades 7-12 whose first language is English or who are proficient in English

Common Uses

  • Diagnosis of foreign language learning disabilities in middle school/high school students
  • Providing guidance to middle school/high school students beginning or struggling with foreign language study
  • Advising students who do well on the test to pursue the study of a second and/or third language
  • Building a history of low performance on language aptitude measures to establish a foreign language learning disability
  • Placement of language learners in the most appropriate instructional setting in grades 7-12
  • Understanding students cognitive strengths and weaknesses pertaining to language learning