A Developmental English Proficiency Test (ADEPT)

The ADEPT is a valid and reliable oral language assessment instrument (aligned with the CELDT) that can be used with students across grade levels K-8.

ADEPT assesses a student's ability to understand and generate utterances using a scope and sequence of language forms, or structures, across the five levels of English proficiency.

Upcoming Training Dates at California Lutheran University

Fall 2018 ADEPT Training

October 2, 2018



Spring 2019 ADEPT Training

January 15, 2019



ADEPT results can help teachers:

  • Identify a student's instructional level for Systematic ELD instruction
  • Understand a student's language abilities for differentiated instruction
  • Monitor student progress in English proficiency
  • Inform planning for Systematic ELD, Frontloading Language, and Reading/Language Arts instruction

The ADEPT assesses key forms, or grammatical structures, through carefully worded prompts that elicit student responses. Responses to these prompts can provide teachers with valuable information and insight into a student's command of each structure and the related general utility vocabulary upon which the use of that structure depends. It assesses both receptive and expressive English language proficiency at the first three levels and expressive proficiency at the fourth level.

  • The 2.5-hour ADEPT training includes viewing of an interactive DVD, practice administering and scoring ADEPT sub-tests, analyzing results, and participating in small group discussions regarding instructional implications
  • The cost is $145 per participant
  • Minimum of 30 participants

Contact Information

Nancy Myers
Director, California Reading and Literature Project
60 West Olsen Rd. #4100
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Phone: (805) 493-3599
Fax: (805) 493-3835

Lydia Chung
Administrative Assistant
Phone: (805) 493-3705
Fax: (805) 493-3835