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What is the OPI?
The ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) is a valid and reliable means of assessing how well a person speaks a language. It is a 20-30 minute one-on-one interview between a certified ACTFL tester and an examinee. The interview is interactive and continuously adapts to the interests and abilities of the speaker. The speaker’s performance is compared to the criteria outlined in the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012 - Speaking or the Inter-Agency Language Roundtable Language Skill Level Descriptors – Speaking. The interview is double rated and an Official ACTFL Oral proficiency Certificate stating the candidate’s proficiency level is issued to the candidate.
How is the OPI rated?
An OPI can be requested on the ACTFL scale, Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) scale, or Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). An ACTFL OPI reports a rating between Novice and Superior on the ACTFL scale. An ILR OPI will rate between ILR 0 (No Proficiency) and ILR 5 (Functionally Native). A CEFR OPI reports a rating between A1 and C2.

The OPI assesses language proficiency in terms of the ability of the candidate to use the language effectively and appropriately in real-life situations. It does not address when, where, why, or the way in which a speaker has acquired his/her language. The OPI is not an achievement test assessing a speaker's acquisition of specific aspects of course and curriculum content, nor is it tied to any specific method of instruction. The OPI does not compare one individual's performance to others, but each individual performance to the assessment criteria.

Commercial OPIs are single rated; an ACTFL Certified OPI Tester rates the sample by identifying the ACTFL speaking proficiency level criteria met by the candidate's performance. LTI quality assurance procedures require that over 50% of all commercial OPIs are double rated.

In an Official/Certified OPI, the recorded interview is blindly rated by two ACTFL-Certified OPI Testers whose independent ratings must agree before an official rating is released.
What is the OPIC?
The OPIc is an internet delivered test which provides valid and reliable oral proficiency testing on a large scale. It was developed in response to the increased worldwide demand for the testing of oral language proficiency. The computer delivered assessment emulates the ‘live’ OPI, but delivery of questions is through a carefully designed computer program, and via a virtual avatar. Thus the test can be taken on demand, and at at a time convenient to the candidate and proctor.

The goal of the instrument is the same as the OPI: to obtain a ratable sample of speech which a rater can evaluate and compare to the ACTFL or ILR Proficiency Guidelines in order to assign a rating. The current version of the OPIc rates the full range of the ACTFL scale, from Novice through Superior.
How is the OPIc rated?
An OPIc can be rated according to the ACTFL scale, the Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) scale, or the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) scale. An ACTFL OPIc reports a rating between Novice and Superior on the ACTFL scale. An ILR OPIc rating reported is between ILR 0 (No Proficiency) and ILR 3 (Professional Proficiency). A CEFR OPIc rating is between A1 and C2.

The OPIc assesses language proficiency in terms of the ability of the candidate to use the language effectively and appropriately in real-life situations. It does not address when, where, why, or the way in which a speaker has acquired his/her language. The OPIc is not an achievement test assessing a speaker's acquisition of specific aspects of course and curriculum content, nor is it tied to any specific method of instruction. The OPIc does not compare one individual's performance to others, but each individual performance to the assessment criteria of the rating framework.

Commercial OPIcs are single rated; an ACTFL Certified OPIc rater rates the sample by identifying the speaking proficiency level met by the candidate's performance.

In an Official/Certified OPIc, the OPIc is blindly rated by two ACTFL Certified OPIc raters whose independent ratings must agree before an official rating is released.
What are the advantages of ACTFL certification?
• You can earn college credit by taking an ACTFL assessment. The ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI), the ACTFL Writing Proficiency (WPT) the ACTFL Reading Proficiency Test (RPT), the ACTFL Listening Proficiency Test (LPT) and the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview Computer Test (OPIc) are recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education (ACE).

• The ACTFL OPI and WPT are recognized by more than 20 state certification boards for teacher licensure.

• ACTFL assessments are accepted by over 20 states with Seal of Biliteracy programs.

• CAEP minimal requirements can be demonstrated through the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines, ACTFL OPI, OPIc and Advanced Level Check.
What do we offer for the OPI & OPIC test preparation?
SpeakMandarin offers private 1 on 1 Chinese online tutoring for the OPI & OPIC Test Preparation in accordance with the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012 - Speaking structure.

Course duration (Estimated): 80-100 50-min sessions/level
(The estimated course duration is the average time to finish working on the standard Chinese course materials. The exact number of 1 on 1 Chinese online sessions depends on the student's special needs based on customization, individual learning pace, and other factors.)

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