Oral Proficiency Interview

Interpreting OPI Results

How are examinees rated?

  • Candidates are given a holistic rating based on all of the following factors:
    1. Vocabulary
      Linguistic tasks
      Socio-linguistic/cultural awareness
  • Candidates are rated on an 11-point scale, ranging from "0," no functional proficiency, to "5," educated native-speaker proficiency.

What are plus levels?

  • Plus levels (0+, 1+, 2+, 3+, 4+)
    1. Demonstration of inconsistent proficiency at the next higher base level
      For example, a 1+ speaker can do the same things with the language a 2 speaker can, but he/she will not do them as well.

Performance profile

  • A performance profile is written up for each candidate. Please click on the link below to see the performance profile.

            OPI Performance Profile

OPI Rating Scale Descriptors

  • For more information on the requirements for each level, please click on the link below. This link will take you to the Interagency Language Roundtable descriptions of what a candidate is expected to be able to do at each level
    1. Interagency Language Roundtable descriptors

OPI General Information

    What is the OPI
    Who can take the OPI
    Level Descriptors
    ILR Descriptors
    OPI Performance Profile
    OPI FAQs
    Info for Examinees

OPI Scheduler/Proctor Info

    OPI Program Guidelines
    Scheduling an OPI
    OPI Request Form
    OPI Testing Procedures
    Proctor Responsibilities
    Interpreting OPI Results


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