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The Complexity component of the IPAP project has the goal of understanding the patterns of syntactic complexity, accuracy, and lexical use in the writing of heritage language learners (HLLs) at two levels of proficiency: Intermediate and Advanced (American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages, ACTFL, 2012 Guidelines). This analysis is being conducted on writing by HLLS enrolled in a four-year and a two-year college. The writing samples were collected by the IPAP team, using a writing proficiency assessment tool which is modelled after the ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test (WPT).