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Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)

The Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) is a measure of spoken proficiency in a foreign language. The interview consists of a telephoned 20-30 minute conversation with a proctor who measures oral ability in the target language.

The OPI is then rated and given an official rating by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL). The scale, as shown below, ranges from Novice to Distinguished.

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Image Courtesy of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

More information on ACTFL proficiency guidelines

Prepare for the OPI

Proficiency Tests Handout

Preparing for Your OPI

OPI Familiarization Manual (ACTFL)

If you have any other questions about the OPI or scheduling, please email cls@byu.edu for more information.