Within the ALTE, an external evaluation of the exams of Slovene as a second and foreign language, which were developed and implemented by the Center for Slovene as a second and foreign language, was carried out from September 2016 to June 2017.
In the opinion of the ALTE expert commission, the exams of Slovene at the basic, intermediate, and advanced level meet all the required conditions for obtaining the quality indicator, i.e. ALTE Q-mark.
The quality indicator can be used by members organisations of the ALTE to show that their exams have passed a rigorous ALTE audit and meet all the core requirements of ALTE’s 17 quality standards; it allows test users to be confident that an exam is backed by appropriate processes, reliable procedures and criteria, and consistent standards. The indicator is valid for a period of five years.
For the Center for Slovene, the quality indicator is particularly important because it puts us alongside large institutions that have much more resources available for the development of language exams, and therefore it is easier for them to meet all the required criteria. The exams of Slovene are – in spite of the fact that Slovene is a language with few speakers – in terms of quality, comparable to exams in other languages, such as English, German, Italian …