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. Go to https://www.languagetesting.com/login-and-registration and click on "Search for your institution or school program" in the upper right corner to register and schedule the test.
The fee for the test is $70 (computerized version - OPIc) 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 3:30 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:
Please contact one of the following professors to schedule a practice exam:
Professor Vrooman firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Fidalgo-Eick email@example.com
Professor Bret Linford firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Pettes-Guikema email@example.com
Professor Koehler firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Neitzert email@example.com
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.