The center conducts oral proficiency language testing for all graduating seniors majoring in a language, as well as for other students with program language requirements. The tests assess one’s ability to use language for real-world purposes and accomplish linguistic tasks across a wide range of topics and settings.
There are three test formats that we offer through the CSLC, ACTFL OPI, OPIc and the True North oral exam. The ACTFL OPI/OPIc are offered by Language Testing International, an exclusive licensee of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). They grant students an external accreditation based on the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines. Testers compare the examinee’s oral performance of specific communication tasks with proficiency criteria identified by ACTFL.
OPI consists of a one-on-one conversation between a certified tester and an examinee, usually via telephone.
With the OPIc, the tester responds to questions administered by an avatar on a computer, where their recorded responses are played back and rated by a certified tester from LTI.
The True North oral exam is comprised of two sections. In the first, the tester repeats sentences that are stated by the tester. The sentence is said once and so students cannot repeat, skip ahead or go back to a question. The second section requires timed responses to open-ended questions displayed on the screen.
Students may be tested in any of the languages offered by LTI.
Graduating seniors are tested for the following languages:
- Arabic Studies (Major)
- Chinese (Major, Supplementary Major)
- French (Major, Supplementary Major)
- German (Major, Supplementary Major)
- Irish (Major, Supplementary Major)
- Italian (Major, Supplementary Major)
- Japanese (Major, Supplementary Major)
- Korean (Minor)
- Portuguese and Brazilian Studies (Minor)
- Russian (Major, Supplementary Major)
- Spanish (Major, Supplementary Major)
*We do not test minors when a major exists nor do we test majors with a literature as opposed to language focus.
For scheduling and other related questions, please contact our Language Assessment Coordinator, Tokozile Mukuruva. Graduating seniors will be contacted at the beginning of their final semester to schedule a test.