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Course description

This course contains asynchronous (self-paced) and synchronous (virtual live) elements that both model and engage you in best practices for getting prepared for the Oral Proficiency Interview computer test (OPIc).  By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Explain the phases of the OPIc and their purpose.
  2. Identify the ACTFL rating criteria for (Intermediate, Advanced and Superior proficiency.
  3. Describe and narrate more confidently and in paragraph length about social and work life situations.
  4. Practice on your own and with partners a variety of OPIc-relevant listening and speaking activities.
  5. Be more confident when taking the OPIc.

 

Register for the OPIc Preparation course by emailing Petra Heinz

 

 

 

 


 

 

Registration for the OPIc

When you register for the OPIc, please make sure you register as “UW teaching applicants”. Only when you are registered as such, UW Admissions and the OPIc Administrator, Petra Heinz, will be able to process your OPIc result in the UW system. If you register as a general test taker, you are responsible to contact LTI to have them transfer your account to the UW LTI account after you have taken the test.

For registration, please go to   http://www.uwyo.edu/study-iep-esl/grad-ta-support/instructions-for-ordering-language-assessments_actfl-test-site.pdf  and follow the instructions.   When you get to

“On the next screen, direct your attention to the right-hand column labeled Students/Teachers and choose the following option: Programs with ACTFL Requirements. ...”  Don't click on the box "Students/Teachers", but  scroll down quite a bit until you come to the box "Programs with ACTFL Requirements" (on the right-hand side, second last option). Select "Choose Test", and then select the option at the very bottom "University of Wyoming Teaching Assistant Applicants". Continue following the instructions!"

 

 

 


 

 

OPIC Passing Scores

Superior (S-7), Advanced High (AH-6) and Advanced Mid (AM-5) level of English speaking proficiency: Student is qualified to teach UW labs and courses (under supervision)

International graduate assistants hired to teach who do not receive a sufficient score (Advanced Mid) to fulfill the UW teaching role may also retake the exam, but should consult with their home department   and   the International Graduate ESL Coordinator, Petra Heinz, (pheinz@uwyo.edu), before doing so. Testing twice in rapid succession is not likely to show a different result.

 

 


 

 

 

OPIc Exemptions

Your department is NOT authorized to waive the OPIc for you, even if you qualify for an exemption. ONLY the Office of Graduate Education (OGE) can grant an exemption from the OPIc exam if you meet the following prerequisites:

  1. You have an advanced degree from an English-language university.
  2. You have experience as a teaching assistant or you earned the UW ITA Training Certificate of Completion.
  3. You can provide proof of the above.
  4. Your graduate coordinator/advisor/faculty mentor requests an exemption on your behalf at the OGE (with copy to pheinz@uwyo.edu)

To 3. Your English university degree must be apparent on your transcripts. Please refer to the list of countries from which the University of Wyoming accepts university degrees that qualify for OPIc waivers.

Please contact your faculty mentor to inform them about your eligibility for an exemption, including documentation, such as course teaching evaluations, a short letter from your previous supervisor, a teaching certificate from your previous institution, or the UW ITA Training Certificate of Completion. Your faculty mentor will then request an OPIc exemption at the Office for Graduate Education.

 


 

 

List Of Countries

Antigua & Barbuda

Bahamas

Belize

Grenada

Guyana

Jamaica

St. Kitts & Nevis

St. Lucia Dominica

St. Vincent & the Grenadines

Trinidad & Tobago

Australia

Bermuda

Canada (all provinces except Quebec)

Ireland

New Zealand

United Kingdom

United States

 

 


 

 

OPIc familiarization and practice material

Proficiency refers to the ability to perform an action or function. It refers to one's ability to use language for real-world purposes to accomplish real-world linguistic tasks across a wide range of topics and settings. ACTFL Proficiency Tests reflect and measure the candidate's ability to carry out these real-world tasks.          Differing from an achievement test, which measures knowledge of specific information (what a person knows), a proficiency test targets what an individual can do with what he or she knows. As in a driver's test, an achievement test would represent the paper and pencil questions on the written examination, while a proficiency test determines how well the person can drive the car. The language proficiency test is an evaluation of how well a person can use language to communicate in real life.

The best and fastest way to get a comprehensive picture of what to expect from the OPIc is to read through the examinee handbook and to practice the sample questions given there.

Also of interest might be

The Proficiency Guidelines let you know exactly what will be tested for each proficiency level and what you must demonstrate if you want to achieve that level of proficiency. Read them carefully.

 

 

 


 

 

OPIc Results Due

If you will be supported by a graduate assistantship that requires teaching, you should take the OPIc exam prior to accepting the assistantship, but no later than August 1 or January 1. 

Please consult with your home department if you are unable to pass the exam. Your department might have other graduate assistant options for you.

 

 

 


  

 

 

TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo exam speaking sub-scores 

Exam Scores and Sub-scores Sufficient to Meet the English Oral Proficiency Requirement for International Graduate Teaching Assistants

Exam

  Subexam

Minimum Acceptable Score or Subscore

OPIc

  N/A

  Advanced Mid

TOEFL

  Speaking

  23

IELTS

  Speaking

  6.5

Duolingo

  Conversation & Production

  (average of both)

  105

 

 


 

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