OPI Proficiency Interview

Helpful Information for Examinees

  • During the interview you will be asked to participate in conversation by both asking and answering questions.
  • You will be asked to perform a variety of tasks depending upon your level. Please click on attached link below for more information on each level. Level Descriptions
  • If the interviewers say something that you do not understand, you may ask for repetition or clarification.
  • Raters will not correct you, help you with vocabulary, or tell you when you have misunderstood something or made a mistake.
  • Relax as much as possible, answer the questions and perform the tasks to the best of your ability, and use your "best" English.
  • Remember that the interview is a performance test, a measure of how well you understand and speak English on a particular day at a particular time.
  • The interviewers will listen to your speech as you perform the tasks they give you.
  • You will be assessed on the vocabulary and structure you use, your pronunciation and fluency, and the awareness of the culture that you display in your use of language.
  • You will be given a rating in comprehension and speaking.

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