Our Language Aptitude Tests

Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT)

Modern Language Aptitude Test – Online (MLAT-O)

Appropriate for adults, college/university students.
Available in a paper-based version (MLAT) as well as an on-line version  (MLAT-O).

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 in 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 a student’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses pertaining to language learning.

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

Appropriate for students in 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 7-14 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 7-14.
  • Understanding students’ cognitive strengths and weaknesses pertaining to language learning.