Pimsleur Language Aptitude Battery

The Pimsleur Language Aptitude Battery (PLAB) was developed by Dr. Paul Pimsleur to test the language aptitude of students in grades 7-12. The Pimsleur Language Aptitude Battery is now the property of the non-profit entity Second Language Testing Foundation, Inc., who has acquired the rights to the test in order to ensure its continued availability to the second language testing community. Publication of the PLAB completes SLTF’s suite of language learning aptitude tests by filling the age gap between the Modern Language Aptitude Test – Elementary (for grades 3-6) and the adult version of the Modern Language Aptitude Test (for grades 11-12 and adults). The PLAB was specially designed for junior high and high school students, and it can be administered as early as at the end of grade 6.
The PLAB will help teachers determine a student’s readiness to begin the study of foreign language and identify the students with a special talent or “ear for language.” The test materials also include a “Student Performance Chart” that provides the teacher with valuable diagnostic information which can be used to help maximize the chances of successful language learning for all students.

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PLAB Sample Questions