Technical Requirements

Assessments are scheduled using an online tool, but exactly how you access the website 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. If you cannot use a landline, make sure you have good signal strength for your mobile phone.
Oral Proficiency Interview by Computer (OPIc)
  1. Windows or Mac based desktop computer or laptop. Any computer capable of running Windows 7 or Windows 10 is sufficient. In addition, we recommend the following:
    • Audio: During the OPIc test, a series of audio/video prompts will play. Your computer must be able to play audio/video files.
    • Resolution: 1024×768 or higher
    • OS: Windows 7, 8.1 or 10
    • Browser: We recommend running the latest supported browser on your platform. IE, Edge, Chrome and Firefox are all supported on Windows, as well as Safari on Macs.
    • Flash Player: We use Adobe Flash to play audio and video prompts, as well as to record your spoken responses. We recommend running the latest version of Flash on your platform.
    • 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 are suggested for noisy environments
  4. Network – An internet connection is required. We strongly recommend a wired internet connection instead of wireless. Technically, we require:
    • 768 kbps minimum port speed
    • Approx. 200 kbps sustainable free bandwidth required per test candidate
    • Minimum bandwidth should be more than 100 kbps.
    Any reasonably fast connection will work.
Business Writing Test (BWT), Writing Test for Professionals (WPT)
  1. Windows or Mac based desktop computer or laptop. Any computer capable of running Windows 7 or Windows 10 is sufficient. In addition, we recommend the following:
    • Resolution: 1024×768 or higher
    • OS: Windows 7, 8.1 or 10
    • Browser: We recommend running the latest supported browser on you platform. IE, Edge, Chrome and Firefox are all supported on Windows, as well as Safari on Macs.
    • Flash Player: We use Adobe Flash to present the test content and get your written responses. We recommend running the latest version of Flash on your platform.
    • JavaScript must be enabled on the browser
    • Browser must be set to allow pop-ups from the test site
    • 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 – Internet connection is required. We strongly recommend a wired internet connection instead of wireless. Technically, we require:
    • 768 kbps minimum port speed
    • Approx. 200 kbps sustainable free bandwidth required per test candidate
    • Minimum bandwidth should be more than 100 kbps.
  4. Any reasonably fast connection will work.

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.
  • Pop-up blockers must be disabled in order to access the WPT.
  • 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. Any computer capable of running Windows 7 or Windows 10 is sufficient. In addition, we recommend the following:
    • Resolution: 1024×768 or higher
    • OS: Windows 7, 8.1 or 10
    • Browser: We recommend running the latest supported browser on you platform. IE, Edge, Chrome and Firefox are all supported on Windows, as well as Safari on Macs.
    • Flash Player: We use Adobe Flash to present the test content and get your written responses. We recommend running the latest version of Flash on your platform.
    • 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 – Internet connection is required. We strongly recommend a wired internet connection instead of wireless. Technically, we require: 768 kbps minimum port speed
    • Approx. 200 kbps sustainable free bandwidth required per test candidate
    • Minimum bandwidth should be more than 100 kbps.
    Any reasonably fast connection will work.

Paper & Pen

Listening Proficiency Test (LPT)
  1. Any computer capable of running Windows 7 or Windows 10 is sufficient. In addition, we recommend the following:
    • Audio: During the OPIc test, a series of audio prompts will play. Your computer needs to be capable of playing audio files.
    • Resolution: 1024×768 or higher
    • OS: Windows 7, 8.1 or 10
    • Browser: We recommend running the latest supported browser on you platform. IE, Edge, Chrome and Firefox are all supported on Windows, as well as Safari on Macs.
    • Flash Player: We use Adobe Flash to play audio prompts, as well as to collect your answers. We recommend running the latest version of Flash on your platform.
    • 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 are suggested for noisy environments
  4. Network – Internet connection is required. We strongly recommend a wired internet connection instead of wireless. Technically, we require:
    • 768 kbps minimum port speed
    • Approx. 200 kbps sustainable free bandwidth required per test candidate
    • Minimum bandwidth should be more than 100 kbps.
Any reasonably fast connection will work.

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