CESL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)


The University of Arizona's Center for English as a Second Language (CESL) now offers a test of spoken English proficiency. The test 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). 

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 3 months to do so. OPI test scores are not admissable for UA or CESL coursework.

For more information about J-1 visa requirements for exchange visitors see this document.

OPI Test Summary

Format: Interview with CESL staff experienced in oral assessments
Length: approximately 15 minutes
Mode: video interview via Skype or face-to-face on campus
Scoring: All interviews are scored according to a rubric from the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).
Cost: US$60 

OPI Application

After applying for the OPI, test-takers are added to the interview schedule and informed about their test date and time (typically within a week or two of applying). 

Please click here to apply for the OPI.


Any questions about OPI testing can be directed to Dr. Eddy White, CESL's Assessment Coordinator,  at ewhite3@email.arizona.edu

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