Test Delivery & Logistics

Assessments are scheduled using an on-line tool, but exactly how you access the web-site differs from client to client. Please contact us for further information on account setup and the Client Utility site.

ACTFL/LTI tests can be delivered in multiple ways, depending on the test:

Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)

Phone – the test should be taken on a landline, in a quiet location away from potential disturbances.
Oral Proficiency Interview by Computer (OPIc) 1. Computer – Windows or Mac based desktop computer or laptop with the following minimum specs

  • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 processor or higher
  • Memory: 1G RAM or more
  • Audio: PC with Sound card – capable of playing sound
  • Resolution: 1024×768 or higher
  • OS: Windows XP (SP2) and higher
  • Browser: Internet Explorer 6 and higher or FireFox 3.0 and higher
  • Add-on: Flash Player 10 and higher
  • JavaScript must be enabled on the browser
  • Browser must be set to allow pop-ups from the test site

2. Internet Explorer security settings Set –  newer versions of stored pages to “Automatically”

3. Headset or Speaker

  • Good quality digital USB headset is recommended
  • Units with noise cancellation is required for noisy environments
  • Recommended headset models
    • Plantronics  Audio 370, 360 or 350
    • Logitech ClearChat Pro USB

4. Network – Broadband Internet connection (Cable, DSL, or T1)

  • 768 kbps  minimum port speed
  • Approx. 200 kbps sustainable free bandwidth required per test candidate
  • Minimum bandwidth should be more than 100 kbps.
Business Writing Test (BWT), Writing Test for Professionals (WPT) 1. Computer – Windows or Mac based desktop computer or laptop with the following minimum specs

  • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 processor or higher
  • Memory: 1G RAM or more
  • Audio: PC with Sound card – capable of playing sound
  • Resolution: 1024×768 or higher
  • OS: Windows XP (SP2) and higher
  • Browser: Internet Explorer 6 and higher or FireFox 3.0 and higher
  • Add-on: Flash Player 10 and higher
  • JavaScript must be enabled on the browser
  • Browser must be set to allow pop-ups from the test site

2. Internet Explorer security settings Set –  newer versions of stored pages to “Automatically”

3. Network – Broadband Internet connection (Cable, DSL, or T1)

  • 768 kbps  minimum port speed
  • Approx. 200 kbps sustainable free bandwidth required per test candidate
  • Minimum bandwidth should be more than 100 kbps.

WPT & BWT Technical Requirements:

  • Please note the only languages that have the virtual keyboard available are Spanish, French, German, English, Portuguese and Italian.
  • All other non-roman based characters will require a keyboard in that particular language or enable the Microsoft language service pack that allow users to use a standard keyboard to type in the testing language: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/language-packs#lptabs=win71.
  • The WPT operates on PC & MAC, using Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome or Safari.
  • Popup blockers must be disabled in order to access the iWPT.
  • If the candidate attempts to access any other program, opens another browser window, or presses any function key on the keyboard, the test will automatically shut down.
  • If the candidate is forced out of the test, immediately log the candidate back in to the test so that they can continue from where they left off.
Paper & Pen
Reading Proficiency Test (RPT) 1. Windows or Mac based desktop computer or laptop with the following minimum specs

  • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 processor or higher
  • Memory: 1G RAM or more
  • Resolution: 1024×768 or higher
  • OS: Windows XP (SP2) and higher
  • Browser: Internet Explorer 6 and higher or FireFox 3.0 and higher
  • Add-on: Flash Player 10 and higher
  • JavaScript must be enabled on the browser
  • Brower must be set to allow pop-ups from the test site

2. Internet Explorer security settings

  • Set  –  newer versions of stored pages to “Automatically”

3. Network – Broadband Internet connection (Cable, DSL, or T1)

  • 768 kbps  minimum port speed
  • Approx. 200 kbps sustainable free bandwidth required per test candidate
  • Minimum bandwidth should be more than 100 kbps.

4. Firewall and proxy server settings

  • Standard port 80 is required.
Paper & Pen
Listening Proficiency Test (LPT) 1. Windows or Mac based desktop computer or laptop with the following minimum specs

  • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 processor or higher
  • Memory: 1G RAM or more
  • Audio: PC with Sound card – capable of playing sound
  • Resolution: 1024×768 or higher
  • OS: Windows XP (SP2) and higher
  • Browser: Internet Explorer 6 and higher or FireFox 3.0 and higher
  • Add-on: Flash Player 10 and higher
  • JavaScript must be enabled on the browser
  • Brower must be set to allow pop-ups from the test site

2. Internet Explorer security settings

  • Set –  newer versions of stored pages to “Automatically”

3. Headset or Speaker

  • Good quality digital USB headset is recommended
  • Units with noise cancellation is required for noisy environments
  • Certified and testing headset models
  • Plantronics Audio 370, 360 or 350
  • Logitech ClearChat Pro USB

4. Network – Broadband Internet connection (Cable, DSL, or T1)

  • 768 kbps  minimum port speed
  • Approx. 200 kbps sustainable free bandwidth required per test candidate
  • Minimum bandwidth should be more than 100 kbps.

5. Firewall and proxy server settings

  • For optimum performance, port 1935 is required
  • Standard ports 80 and 443 are also support if 1935 is blocked
  • Must allow audio streaming using the above ports

6. Network latency – packet round trip speed to and from host server

  • Testing stations must  average no more than 100MS for a “ping” round trip
  • The testing server to “ping” is fmsprod1.actfltesting.org

When you set up an account, you will be able to choose the delivery method most appropriate to your needs.

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