Language Testing International uses the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI), a standardized procedure for the global assessment of functional speaking ability. This means that an OPI is a testing method which measures how well a person speaks a language by comparing their performance of specific language tasks, not with some other person's, but with the criteria for each of ten proficiency levels described in the ACTFL Revised Proficiency Guidelines-Speaking, published by ACTFL in 1999.
The ACTFL OPI takes the form of a carefully structured conversation between a trained and certified interviewer and the person whose speaking proficiency is being assessed. A ratable speech sample is elicited from the interviewee by an individually determined series of questions or comments, which follow the established ACTFL protocol of "probes" and "level-checks."
Language Testing International uses the ACTFL Business Writing Test, a standardized test for the global assessment of functional business writing ability. This business writing test is a vehicle which measures how well a person writes in a language by comparing that person’s performance of specific writing tasks against the criteria and descriptions of the Interagency Language Roundtable Writing Proficiency Guidelines.
The ACTFL Business Writing Test is a carefully structured test with five prompts requesting a written response dealing with general business situations.
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