Assessments

Russian proficiency assessments are rated using one of two scales: The Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) scale, used by the U.S. government, or the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) scale, used by U.S. schools, colleges, and universities. The table below shows the rough correspondence between the two scales. Both scales are used in assessing global, functional abilities in a language, in four different skill areas: speaking, writing, reading, and listening. Speaking is assessed through an oral proficiency interview (OPI); other skills are assessed through online proficiency tests.

The Language Flagship has three levels of recognition for students who complete Language Flagship programs:

Flagship Certification with Distinction: Completion of a Domestic Flagship Program and an Overseas Capstone experience, including direct enrollment and an internship, as well as meeting or exceeding the proficiency minimum of ILR 3 in speaking, reading, and listening. ILR 3 proficiency or higher must be demonstrated in all three modalities to be eligible for certification with distinction.

Flagship Certification: Completion of a Domestic Flagship Program and an Overseas Capstone experience, including direct enrollment and an internship, as well as meeting or exceeding the proficiency minimum of ILR 3 in speaking, and an ILR 2+ in reading and listening.

Flagship Completion: Completion of a Domestic Flagship Program and an Overseas Capstone experience, including direct enrollment and an internship, as well as the demonstration of a postcapstone proficiency of less than ILR 3 in speaking.