CEPT OPI (Speaking)

The CEPT Oral Proficincy Interview (OPI) has been specifically designed to assess the oral proficiency of visiting scholars to UA, and satisfies the requirements of the International Faculty and Scholars office for issuing J1 visas (or other short term visas). 

This test assesses only the oral proficiency of the test-taker, and is designed to measure communicative competence. Test-takers are assessed based on the fluency, accuracy, and range of their spoken language production. Their assessed level of oral proficiency is based on the language scale developed by the world-standard Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). After completing the interview, test-takers will be sent an Official Score Report specifying their level of oral proficiency (not overall proficiency). 

The essential information about the OPI is as follows:

  • The OPI assesses oral proficiency only, and does not assess competence in other skills (e.g. Reading, Writing).
  • The test is conducted online (via Skype or other application) and is a 15-minute interview with an assessment specialist from CESL. 
  • Through a series of questions, both general and academic in nature, the fluency, accuracy and range of the test-taker’s oral English production is assessed.
  • The test is scored using a rubric from the Common European Frame of Reference (CEFR), the world-standard proficiency scale for language assessment.
  • In order to qualify for a J1 visa, test-takers must score a B2 (i.e. highly independent) on the CEFR scale.
  • Within two business days of completing the CEPT OPI, the test-taker is sent an official score report via e-mail (and pdf attachment) with the proficiency score from the test.
  • Typically, interviews are scheduled and conducted within two weeks of applying for the test.

OPI test scores are accepted by the International Facutly and Scholars office at UA for the purposes of issuing J-1 visas for potential visiting scholars. In addition, OPI's are administered for UA departments wishing to screen the oral proficiency of potential TA's. 

Please note that all potential test-takers should have contacted University of Arizona departments and made arrangements for sponsorship prior to taking this test. No refunds are available once a test-taker has registered. Anybody wishing to re-take the test must wait at least one month to do so. OPI test scores are not admissable for UA or CESL coursework.

OPI APPLICATION

After applying for the OPI, interviews are scheduled and conducted within ten business days. 

Cost: $60.00 (US) 
Testing Fees: All sales are final. The testing fee is not refundable, transferable, or deferrable.

Questions

Any questions about CEPT testing can be directed to: cesl@email.arizona.edu

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