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:

  1. Click on Order a Test,
  2. Select your language,
  3. Then choose test: Programs with ACTFL requirements,
  4. Type in Grand Valley in the "Search" box, continue
  5. Continue,
  6. Select ACTFL OPI ($145) or OPIc ($73), Continue to Schedule,
  7. 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,
  8. Enter your availability,
  9. Create an Account or Login
  10. 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:

Lolita Salindong
[email protected]
Department Coordinator
(616) 331-3203

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

Professor Caillaud  [email protected]
Professor Eick  [email protected]
Professor Pettes Guikema  [email protected] 

Professor Koehler  [email protected]
Professor Neitzert  [email protected] 

Professor Fernandez Florez  [email protected]
Professor Fidalgo-Eick  [email protected] 
Professor Linford  [email protected]
Professor Vrooman  [email protected]  

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

Page last modified June 6, 2023