Oral Proficiency Interview
For foreign language majors/minors
Students who have successfully passed the appropriate Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) in foreign language by July 2007 have met the testing requirements for certification and may submit the MTTC results alone. Students who have not successfully passed the appropriate MTTC in foreign language by July 2007 will be required to take the MTTC test as well as the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI). Students must receive an OPI score at the Advanced Low level in French, German, Italian, or Spanish, or at the Intermediate High level in Arabic, Chinese, and Russian. To determine your readiness to take the foreign language test, you may wish to consider the following: Are the courses in the major/minor substantially complete? Have you reviewed the test objectives and sample questions from the MTTC website? Please consult your WSU College of Education advisor for any questions you may have, and to decide when it is best for you to take the appropriate foreign language testing. Advisor approval is required to take the OPI.
For bilingual-bicultural minors
Effective Winter Semester 2007 students must successfully complete the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and the Writing Proficiency Test (WPT). Students must score at the Advanced Low level in a non-English language. Students in the Post-Bachelor or Master of Arts in Teaching Programs must meet this requirement prior to admission to the Teacher Certification Program. Undergraduate students must meet this requirement prior to registering for courses in the BBE minor. Advisor approval is required to take the OPI and WPT. Visit the WPT webpage.
View the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines (PDF).
Description of the exams
The Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) is a 20-30 minute live telephone conversation between the student and a certified language proficiency examiner, which is digitally recorded. During the OPI the student will be asked questions about his/her interests, work experiences and other familiar topics, and asked to role play. The student is assessed on his/her ability to speak the standard form of the target language without using another language or slang. The student's overall ability to communicate orally in the target language is the only skill being assessed. Further information is available on the OPI website.
The Oral Proficiency Interview – Computer (OPIc) is a 20-40 minute test of spoken proficiency designed to elicit a sample of speech via recorded, computer-adapted voice prompts delivered over the Internet. Completed tests are digitally saved and evaluated by certified raters. Each test is individualized through the selection of tasks within topic areas tailored to the student's linguistic ability, work experiences, academic background, and interests. The student is assessed on his/her ability to speak the standard form of the target language without using another language or slang. The student's overall ability to communicate orally in the target language is the only skill being assessed. Further information is available on the OPIc website, including a demo exam.
Students may choose which version of the exam they wish to take. The OPIc is offered only in Arabic, English, French, German, Korean, Mandarin, Pashto, Persian Farsi, Russian and Spanish. The OPI is offered in more than 75 languages. Any student whose target language is not available in the OPIc would need to take the telephone version of the OPI.
How to schedule an exam
The OPI or OPIc can be taken with an in person proctor at a test center, or via a web-based administration using a remote proctor. Students testing for WSU College of Education programs must have permission to test from their academic advisor before scheduling the exam. The OPI or OPIc must be scheduled a minimum of ten business days in advance of the test date.
To test at WSU Testing, Evaluation and Research Services, call our office at 313-577-3400 to schedule. All testing is done by pre-arranged individual appointment. Appointments are available Monday through Friday during regular business hours. The $30.00 service fee is payable when the testing appointment is scheduled. Please do not submit an online application for either version of the OPI before you have confirmed test date(s) with Testing, Evaluation and Research Services.
For web-based proctoring, go to http://www.languagetesting.com/ and follow the directions to schedule your exam. Designate Wayne State University as your score recipient. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org and send us your full name, WSU Access ID, test name and test date. We will use the information to post the test results to your student record.
In person test administration
OPI = $139.00 test fee payable to Language Testing International plus a $30.00 service fee payable to Wayne State University
OPI = $139.00 test fee plus a $20.00 remote proctoring fee, both payable to Language Testing International
OPIc = $70.00 test fee payable to Language Testing International plus a $30.00 service fee payable to Wayne State University
OPIc = $70.00 test fee plus a $35.00 remote proctoring fee, both payable to Language Testing International