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The Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) measures your ability to speak in a particular language. It is an unscripted, approximately, 30 minute conversation on the phone with a Certified ACTFL Tester.
The flagship of ACTFL assessments is the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI). The ACTFL OPI is an internationally recognized, valid and reliable assessment of speaking proficiency. Interactive and adaptive, the OPI is a 20-30 minute telephone interview between an ACTFL Certified Tester and the test candidate. The OPI assesses speaking proficiency across the full range of the ACTFL scale, from Novice through Superior. All tests are rated by ACTFL Certified Testers according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012 - Speaking.
The ACTFL OPI is appropriate for a variety of assessment purposes including: • Entrance and Exit Requirements • Placement • College Credit- Official OPI ratings are recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education • Program Evaluation and Performance
• TeacherCredentialing • Research • Employment Selection and more.
Secondary, Higher Education and beyond
The ACTFL OPI is a live, telephonic interview between an ACTFL Certified OPI Tester and a candidate.
Content is adapted to the candidate’s academic, professional, and personal experiences.
The ACTFL OPI is available in 100+ languages, with new languages are being added regularly. For a current list of languages, please visit www.languagetesting.com
Designed to replicate the ACTFL OPI, the ACTFL OPIc is an Internet-based test that can be conveniently delivered at any time. The OPIc delivers pre-recorded prompts, customized to the individual test taker’s background and interests. All tests are rated by ACTFL Certified Raters according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012 - Speaking.
The OPIc is appropriate for a variety of assessment purposes including:
Entrance and Exit Requirements
College Credit - Official OPIc ratings are recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education
Program Evaluation and Performance
Employment Selection and more
Secondary, Higher Education and beyond.
Approximately 20-40 minutes.
The OPIc is customized for each test taker based on information provided in a Background Survey and Self-Assessment.
The OPIc is currently offered in Arabic, English, French, German, Korean, Mandarin, Indonesian, Italian, Pashto, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Tagalog, with new languages being added regularly.
For a current list of languages, please visit www.languagetesting.com
The Reading Proficiency Test (RPT) is an on-demand test that measures your reading comprehension in a particular language. The test consists of a series of written texts and multiple choice questions. It is taken online and lasts approximately 50 minutes.
The Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) is an on-demand test that measures your writing comprehension in a particular language. The test consists of two to five writing tasks. It is taken online or via booklet, and lasts approximately 80 minutes.
The ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) is an online test to assess writing ability in a target language. The ACTFL WPT measures the ability of the test taker to write in a language by comparing his or her performance to the criteria in the ACTFL
Proficiency Guidelines 2012 - Writing.
The ACTFL WPT consists of four tasks dealing with practical, social, and professional topics encountered in informal and formal contexts. The writer is presented with tasks representing a limited range of proficiency levels from Novice through Superior, as described in the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012 - Writing.
Tasks and prompts are written in English with the expectation that the test-taker’s responses be written in the target language.
The ACTFL WPT is appropriate for a variety of assessment purposes:
Entrance and Exit Requirements
College Credit - Official WPT ratings are recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education
Program Evaluation and Performance
Secondary (grades 10-12), Higher Education and beyond.
The candidate is presented with four tasks, with approximately 10-20 minutes allowed for each task. The test-taker is prompted to demonstrate descriptive narrative, informative, and persuasive writing. The test is delivered in booklet form or via the Internet.
The WPT includes informal and formal writing tasks on practical, social, and professional topics.
The WPT is offered in over 20 languages, with new languages added regularly. For a complete list of languages, please visit www.languagetesting.com.
The Listening Proficiency Test (LPT) is an on-demand test that measures your listening comprehension in a particular language. Candidates listen to a number of passages and answer related multiple choice questions. It is a 50 minute test taken online.
The ACTFL Listening Proficiency Test (LPT) is an online assessment of listening proficiency. LPTs measure how well a person understands spoken discourse as described in the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012-Listening. The ACTFL LPT is appropriate for a variety of assessment purposes:
Secondary (grades 11-12), Higher Education and beyond.
50 minutes for a two-level test (A, B, C & D); 75 minutes for a three-level test (E, F & G*); 125 minutes for a for-level test (H**).
The LPT consists of recorded passages at specific levels of proficiency. Each passage has three questions with four multiple-choice answers.
Range of informal/formal speech on general, social, and academic topics, such as daily interactions, reports, discussions and broadcasts.
English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Arabic and Mandarin will be introduced in 2015
*This is a semi-adaptive version of the test designed to start at Advanced Low and is based on the candidate response.
The test offers higher or lower level tasks. This is the test to choose if the student’s proficiency is unknown and/or the instructor would like to give all of his or her students the same test and not select ranges individually, etc. ** This is the full-range test.
The ACTFL L&Rcat is an Internet‐delivered version of the ACTFL English Listening and Reading Proficiency Tests (LPT and RPT). This is a computer‐based test that adapts to the test‐taker's ability level. It successively selects questions for the purpose of maximizing the precision of the exam based on what is known about the test‐taker from previous questions. Adaptive tests are comprised of items selected from a collection of items, known as an item bank. These items have been piloted and their “difficulty level” calculated through extensive analysis
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