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American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages - Oral Proficiency Interview (ACTFL-OPI)

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  • The exam is a telephone interview that will last approximately 30 minutes and must be given at the testing lab located at Commons G14. For the following languages, credit for up to four semesters (14 credits) of general Modern Language credits can be earned by taking the ACTFL-OPI.

    A rating of Novice High or better will earn 8 credits (two semesters) in MODL, and a rating of Intermediate Mid or better will earn 14 credits (four semesters).

  • Afrikaans, Akan-Twi, Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Baluchi, Bengali, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Burmese, Cambodian, Cantonese, Cebuano, Chavacano, Czech, Dari, Dutch, Egyptian, English, French, Georgian, German, Greek (Modern), Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hausa, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong/Mong, Hungarian, Igbo, Ilocano, Indonesian, Iraqi, Italian, Japanese, Javanese, Kazakh, Kashmiri, Korean, Kurdish, Lao, Levantine, Malay, Malayalam, Mandarin, Marshallese, Nepali, Norwegian, Pashto, Persian Farsi, Polish, Portuguese Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Serbian Croatian, Sindhi, Sinhalese, Slovak, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Tajik, Tamil, Tausug, Telugu, Thai, Tigrinya, Turkish, Turkmen, Uighur, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Wolof, Wu and Yoruba.

    For those wishing to earn credit in American Sign Language, please contact the Modern languages department to inquire about their departmental exams.

    For students wishing to earn credit for freshman and/or sophomore level French, German or Spanish, please visit our CLEP page.

  • Please check with ACTFL for the current exam fee. The testing center charges a $40 administration fee.

  • To take an ACTFL-OPI, please email TEMC at In your initial email, please provide your name, student ID (if a Texas State student*), the language in which you would like to test, and two preferred testing dates. If you would prefer to test at our Round Rock campus instead of San Marcos, please also indicate that in your email. ACTFL requires that the dates be at least two weeks in advance from the date you submit the registration.

    ACTFL also requires a 3-hour window for each of the selected dates, as part of your application to test. ACTFL-OPI testing is available in TEMC: Monday - Friday from 9:00 am - 2:30 pm.

    Given these time windows, select at least two preferred dates (two weeks in advance) to include in your initial email. TEMC will contact each candidate to inform them if the selected dates are available, or if necessary, to help select alternate dates. When the candidate and TEMC have agreed upon the dates, TEMC will provide further instructions for applying to LTI to take the test.

    *If you are not a Texas State student, but need to take the ACTFL-OPI for a different purpose, please inform us of that in your initial email.

  • For more information about the ACTFL-OPI, please visit the Language Testing International website.