Oral Proficiency Interview and Writing Proficiency Tests

Oral Proficiency interview and writing proficiency test

GRADUATION OUTCOMES ASSESSMENT FOR LANGUAGE MAJORS

Students in the Bachelor of Arts degree programs in French, German, Russian, and Spanish are required to take the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview and Writing Proficiency Test in their target language before they graduate.

You will need access to a computer and you will need a headset with microphone for the ACTFL OPIc. 

How to sign up for the exams:

You must sign up and pay for both exams (OPIc and iWPT)  

  1. In a new browser window or tab, go to https://www.languagetesting.com/
  2. Click: Search for your institution or school program (far right, top corner).
  3. When the asks "Are you testing for state teacher certification?" select NO.
  4. You will be asked to enter an institution name. Type Kent State. It will automatically pull up a few options. Click on Kent State Univ., Modern & Classical Language
  5. Click Continue.
  6. Select your language and continue to select your test.
  7. Select the tests you want to register for:
    • OPIc (takes 15 to 30 minutes; you will need a computer and headset with microphone)
    • WPT Internet (takes approximately 80 minutes;  you will need a computer)
  8. Select the appropriate response to on the self-assessment to estimate your own language ability. If you are unsure how to answer this question, contact your faculty advisor.
  9. For your proctor, WEB-BASED PROCTORING.
  10. Provide a date and time when you are available to take the test at your convenience with your own computer. 
  11. After you take the exams, contact the undergraduate secretary, Josiah Murphy, jjmurphy@kent.edu using your Kent State University email account. Let her know you have taken the ACTFL exams, the date taken and provide your Banner ID. After verifying your test, she will enter the requirement completed in your GPS record.

STUDENTS TAKING ACTFL EXAMS FOR LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY WAIVER

Kent State University's policy for language proficiency waivers can be found in the Undergraduate Student Catalog under the University Readiness Standards and Placement section. 

If your language requirement is through Elementary II of a language (check your GPS record and consult with your academic advisor to confirm), follow the steps above for the ACTFL OPIc. Then, once you have been notified by Language Testing Com that your exam has been graded, print a copy of your certificate and provide it to your academic advisor.

If your language requirement is through Intermediate II of a language (check your GPS record and consult with your academic advisor to confirm), follow the steps above for both exams--the OPIc and WPT Internet. Then, once you have been notified by Language Testing Com that your exams have been graded, print a copy of your certificates and provide them to your academic advisor.

(Page updated 8/9/2019)