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OPI Testing

What is the OPI?

The ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) is taken by students who are planning to student teach in a language. The test must be completed in order to move forward with student teaching plans. The test can be completed over the phone with a live proctor or on the computer with a pre-recorded proctor. 


How do I Take the OPI?

In order to take the OPI, students must complete an on-line ( application at least two weeks prior to their desired test date.  The fee for the test is $68 (computer) and $139 (phone). Additional scoring packages may also be purchased.

It is highly recommended that students complete a practice OPI before signing up for the actual test. Practice tests are administered by a department faculty member. 


Tests need to be scheduled between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m (last exam).


When registering for the OPI, you will need to select Grand Valley State University, Allendale Campus as your test site.

Test Proctor Information: 

Autumn Gorsline-Davis

Academic Department Coordinator

(616) 331-3203


Please contact one of the following professors to schedule a practice exam:

Professor Vrooman 

Professor Fidalgo-Eick 


Professor Pettes-Guikema 


Professor Smith 

Professor Neitzert 



What Does My Score Mean?

Score reporting varies based on which OPI a student takes, however, students must receive an AL (Advanced Low), Q (Qualified), or A (Advanced Low Equivalent) to move on to student teaching. All other scores will not count and students will be asked to re-test before beginning student teaching. 


For more detailed information regarding the OPI, please visit the Language Testing International website.