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

  • The exam is a telephone interview that will last approximately 30 minutes and must be given at the Testing Lab located in the Nueces Building, 1st floor in San Marcos or at the Testing Center at Avery 209 in Round Rock. 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).

  • Languages offered through ACTFL-OPI which can be used to earn credit at Texas State University include:

    Afrikaans, Akan-Twi, Albanian, Amharic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Baluchi, Bengali, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Burmese, Cambodian, Cantonese, Cebuano, Chavacano, Czech, Dari, Dutch, Egyptian, Georgian, Greek (Modern), Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hausa, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong/Mong, Hungarian, Igbo, Ilocano, Indonesian, Iraqi, Javanese, Kazakh, Kashmiri, Korean, Kurdish, Lao, Levantine, Malay, Malayalam, Marshallese, Nepali, Norwegian, Pashto, Persian Farsi, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Serbian Croatian, Sindhi, Sinhalese, Slovak, Somali, 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, Arabic,
    Chinese (Mandarin), Italian, Japanese, or Russian, please contact the Department of World Languages & Literatures to inquire about their departmental exams.

    For students wishing to earn credit for 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.

    Note: TEMC cannot provide refunds for any fees or payments beyond five business days from the date of payment. Your payment receipt is valid for 90 days from the date of purchase. It is essential to submit an appointment request within this timeframe to be eligible for testing.

  • How to make an appointment

    • 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. 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 an appointment at our Testing Center in Round Rock, please email Please include in your appointment request: your name, phone number, language to test, and two preferred testing dates.

      Testing must begin and end during 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day we are open. For when we are open at the Testing Center, Round Rock, please visit our Operating Hours page.

      You must select two preferred testing dates at least 2 weeks into the future from the date of your appointment request so that we may match your appointment request with the appropriate evaluator for the exam.

      You will be contacted with further instructions and payment options.

  • For more information about the ACTFL-OPI, please visit the Language Testing International website. For information about other language proficiency exams available from LTI, please visit our LTI Exams page.