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ELFA Assessment Forms

The English Learner Formative Assessment (ELFA) includes a total of nine assessment forms with different levels of reading passages for Developing, Intermediate and Experienced readers. Each form consists of two reading texts, Part 1 and Part 2. Teachers might select any of the forms that are appropriate to their EL students.

Three sample assessment forms — Forms 1, 4 and 8 — are available to download below. The remaining forms are available upon request by sending an email to the project director, Mikyung Kim Wolf ( Please download the accompanying Teacher's Versions of each form in order to use the assessment forms in your class.

Please read the ELFA Teacher's Guide before using any of the ELFA assessment forms.

The assessment forms cannot be used for commercial purposes without prior approval from ETS.


Form 1: Protecting a Strong Animal

Form 2: The Truth about Energy Drinks

Form 3: No More Junk Food in Schools


Form 4: The Problem with Bottled Water

Form 5: Amateur Archaeology

Form 6: Cell Phones in Our Schools


Form 8: Screen Time

Form 7: Electronic Waste

Form 9: Young Inventors

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