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. 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. There is a fee for this test; that cost will be shown when you register. 

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: 

Lolita Salindong
Department Coordinator
(616) 331-3203


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

Professor Vrooman    vroomanm@gvsu.edu 

Professor Fidalgo-Eick     fidalgom@gvsu.edu 

Professor Bret Linford     linfordb@gvsu.edu 


Professor Pettes-Guikema   pettesj@gvsu.edu 


Professor Koehler     koehlerr@gvsu.edu

Professor Neitzert     neitzerk@gvsu.edu 



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.