ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview

Language Testing International (LTI) updates test availability periodically. Visit LTI for a complete list of available OPI testing languages or for more information on scheduling an assessment.  

Students may earn up to 12 credits from an Oral Proficiency Interview Exam:

  • 101 = Beginning Level I (3 credits)
  • 102 = Beginning Level II (3 credits)
  • 201 = Intermediate Level I (3 credits)
  • 202 = Intermediate Level II (3 credits)
  • 3XX(1) = 3 credits of an upper-level elective course.  For Spanish language exams, a substitution for SPA 306 may be considered for Spanish native/heritage speakers upon department approval/recommendation.   
  • 3XX(2) = 3 credits of an upper-level elective course. To earn credit for such a course, a student must score at least an Adv. Low (categories III-IV) or Adv. Mid (categories I-II) on both the Oral Proficiency Interview and the Writing Proficiency Test. 
    • If students do not take the Writing Proficiency Test and score high enough for 3XX (2) credit, they may earn 3 credits of 102 level instead.
Official OPI Rating

Category I

Category II

Category III

Category IV

Dutch, English*, French, Haitian Creole, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swahili and Swedish. 

German, Hindi, Indonesian, Modern Greek, Punjabi and Urdu. 

Cambodian, Czech, Hmong, Hebrew, Hungarian, Lao, Polish, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Slovak, Tagalog, Turkish, Thai, Ukrainian and Vietnamese.

Arabic,
Cantonese,
Japanese,
Korean
and Mandarin. 

Novice High 101 101  101 & 102  101 & 102 
Intermediate Low 101 & 102 101 & 102  101, 102 & 201  101, 102 & 201  
Intermediate Mid 101, 102 & 201  101, 102 & 201  101, 102, 201 & 202  101, 102, 201 & 202 
Intermediate High 101, 102, 201 & 202  101, 102, 201 & 202  102, 201, 202 & 3XX (1) 102, 201, 202 & 3XX (1)
Advanced Low 102, 201, 202 & 3XX (1) 102, 201, 202 & 3XX (1) 201, 202, 3XX (1) & 3XX (2)  201, 202, 3XX (1) & 3XX (2) 
Advanced Mid 201, 202, 3XX (1) & 3XX (2)  201, 202, 3XX (1) & 3XX (2)  201, 202, 3XX (1) & 3XX (2)  201, 202, 3XX (1) & 3XX (2) 
Advanced High/Superior 201, 202, 3XX (1) & 3XX (2)  201, 202, 3XX (1) & 3XX (2)  201, 202, 3XX (1) & 3XX (2)  201, 202, 3XX (1) & 3XX (2) 

* English as a second language.