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Tests for Language Proficiency

Which test is standard for testing Hindi Proficiency, i.e. ability to read, write, speak fluently.

Please tell me.

August 5, 2018



The only one I know of is the CEFR (the Common European Frame of Reference) which is a standard test that can be applied to a wide range of languages.

A1 and A2 (Basic profficiency)

B1 and B2 (Intermediate profficiency)

C1 and C2 (Fluent proficiency)


bahan ji, Like DesC said, the ACTFL is the institutional body that gives the most "official" test in USA. (That is, outside of the Defense Language Proficiency test, which is for military / government people and is very challenging!) As I know it, ACTFL doesn't want to just let you test yourself. They are considered trained professionals at giving the test, so 1) only results from them are considered official and 2) they don't just share the info freely.

That said, if you poke around the Internet you can probably find clues to what the ACTFL tests are like, and venture to score yourself, just for your own private knowledge :)


Here's something I ran across, maybe just for a quick test or for fun -- a placement test.


I'm not making any excuses, but I think at least one of the answers I missed because it was hard to follow some of their Roman script writing. Also, I spotted at least one mistake on their part :)

It gave me my results as follows: ""ADVANCED Thank you for completing the Cactus Hindi level test

You answered 37 out of 40 questions correctly.

You are ready for: Advanced*

Test score: 36-39

You can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in your field of specialisation. You can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible, without strain for either party. You can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue, giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options. At the end of Advanced (C1):

You can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. You can express yourself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. You can use the language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. You can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, logical flow of text, and clear awareness of the audience. *Your test result is an approximate indication of your ability level within the Common European and American Council Reference framework. It takes into account only your grammar proficiency, and assumes that you did not guess any of the answers.""

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