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Only STATE-FUNDED international Teaching Assistants have to take the Oral Proficiency Test.
Note: Non state-funded graduate students, e.g. Research Assistants, may be registered
for the test (by their departments) if they and/or their departments wish an assessment
of their English oral skills.
Yes. - International state-funded graduate students who hold a degree from an American
university and have lived in the US for at least two years can be exempt from the OPI.
Note: A student who meets these prerequisites is never automatically exempt from the test:
The student’s department always has to give its consent to a student’s exemption.
ESL, in accordance with the University of Wyoming’s colleges, sets up two Oral Proficiency
Interview sessions per year, in August and in January, ideally 10 to 12 days prior to the start
of the semester.
Fall 2015 Oral Proficiency Interviews (for students starting their teaching assistantship on August 31, 2015) will take place on
Friday, August 21, 2015 and
Monday, August 24, 2015
There will be an additional test date for late arriving students. (to be announced)
Only your department (usually the graduate coordinator) can register you for your Oral
Proficiency Interview. But, you can help them by providing the following information as soon
as you know are accepted at UW:
Your graduate coordinator will forward a registration form to the ESL coordinator, Petra
Heinz, for each of the department’s state-funded teaching assistant. Petra will then schedule a
test date, time and location for you and will email this test information to you and your
In a scoring letter (example), the test result will be emailed to you and your department one week
prior to the start of the semester.
In general -yes! Contact your graduate coordinator and /or advisor and get to know in which way
the OPI result will affect your semester planning:
Depending on your English proficiency level you may teach a class or a lab, or you will have to
The proficiency level "Advanced Low" qualifies you to teach a lab or to lead a seminar or discussion group (under supervision).
The proficiency level "Advanced Mid" or higher qualifies you to teach a course (under supervision).
The proficiency level “Intermediate High” or lower requires you to take an English Oral Skills course and tore-
test at the end of the semester, but it also qualifies you to grade papers and to do your research.
If you have more questions, be sure to ask them. The ESL coordinator and your department’s graduate coordinator are here to help you.