OPI Testing for Education Students
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 Register for 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/sign-in/test-candidates to sign in (or create an account if you're a first-time user) and schedule test. There is a fee for this test; that cost will be shown when you register.
To register, follow the steps below:
- Click on Certification for Individuals,
- Then Certification Types,
- Select your language,
- Then select Programs with ACTFL requirements,
- Type in Grand Valley, continue
- Select ACTFL OPI ($145) or OPIc ($73), Continue to Schedule,
- Select the Proctoring Option (GVSU if you would like to take the OPI on campus), Expand Proctor Info to see info for Lolita in the main MLL office,
- Enter your availability,
- Create an Account or Login
- And so on…
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:
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.