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Original BEST Plus

CAL continues to provide access to information about the original BEST Plus.

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BEST Plus 2.0 is an individually administered, face-to-face oral interview designed to assess the English language proficiency of adult English language learners in the United States. BEST Plus 2.0 is a combined test of listening and speaking skills. As an oral assessment, BEST Plus 2.0 provides a short, practical test that meets the accountability needs of programs that report to the National Reporting System (NRS).

BEST Plus 2.0 is intended to assess interpersonal communication using everyday language used in practical situations. Test items reflect language used in everyday life in the U.S. – at home, at work, and in the community.

BEST Plus 2.0 Test Administration
BEST Plus 2.0 is administered by a trained test administrator. To ensure reliability and validity of BEST Plus 2.0, test administrators are required to attend the BEST Plus 2.0 Test Administrator Training Workshop.

Learn more about BEST Plus 2.0 Test Administrator Training.

BEST 2.0 Products

BEST Plus 2.0 is available in two formats: computer adaptive and semi-adaptive print based.

Informative score reports are generated for both the computer-adaptive and print-based versions using the BEST Plus 2.0 Score Management Software (SMS). The software allows management of the data that reside in the secure, password-protected database used in the BEST Plus 2.0 Test Administration Program. The BEST Plus 2.0 Scores Database stores all data associated with test administrations.

Read the BEST Plus 2.0 usage policy.

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BEST Plus 2.0 Approved Through 2023

OCTAE has extended the approved use of BEST Plus 2.0 in the NRS system through February 2023.

Read the Federal Register official notice.

BEST Plus 3.0 In Development

BEST Plus 3.0 remains in development. For status update and plans, see the New BEST Assessments in Development – Update and Plans section on the homepage.

As plans unfold we will continue to keep you informed.

New BEST Pricing Schedule Effective
July 1, 2022

To help support the development of enhanced assessments for adult English learners, CAL implemented a price increase effective July 1, 2022.

Download the July 2022 pricing schedule.

Quick Links

BEST Plus 2.0 Test Software.

Activate BEST Plus 2.0 test administrations.

BEST Plus 2.0 Quick Reference Guide.

Special Report: BEST Plus 2.0 NRS Score Ranges.

Special Report: Item Overlap.

Visit the National Reporting System website.

Student Performance Levels.


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