Office of Educational Assessment


American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

We are an official testing site for Language Testing International (LTI) and we proctor the following ACTFL Speaking and Writing Proficiency Tests:

ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)
The Oral Proficiency Interview is a carefully structured, 20-30 minute telephone interview between an ACTFL Certified Tester and a candidate. The interview is interactive and adaptive to the experiences and linguistic competence of the candidate. The digitally recorded sample is double rated and an Official ACTFL OPI Certificate, stating the candidate’s proficiency level, is issued to the candidate.

ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test (WPT)
The ACTFL WPT is a timed 90-minute test delivered in test booklet form. The candidate responds to all prompts in the target language, while prompts are always in English to avoid providing the candidate with relevant vocabulary to answer the prompt. This is a proctored, standardized test for global assessment of functional writing ability, measuring how well a person writes in a language. Candidate’s writing samples are double rated and an official ACTFL WPT Certificate, stating the candidate’s proficiency level, is issued.

The Washington Professional Educator Standards Board requires passage of the ACTFL® proficiency tests as part of an application for the Designated World Language and Bilingual Education endorsements. The most current information on test requirements for a specific endorsement is provided at or call 360-725-6400 or 360-725-6275.

Note: Effective October 1, 2014, we will no longer administer the OPIc (computer-based oral proficiency) or iWPT (computer-based writing proficiency.

FEE: $30 – ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)
$60 – ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test (WPT)

Fees are payable to the University of Washington at the time of testing, in cash or check only. Credit and debit cards are NOT accepted.

Note: Our test proctoring fees are separate from the exam fee that you will pay directly to Language Testing International, the ACTFL test company.

LOCATION: Room 440, Schmitz Hall, Testing Center
REGISTRATION: Washington State applicants can register for an ACTFL proficiency exam by visiting Language Testing International at
ON THE DAY OF THE TEST: The examinee must bring picture identification and the appropriate proctoring fee. No aids are permitted during the test. You may not take dictionaries, books, scratch paper, calculators, or notebooks into the testing room.
RESULTS: Once your application has been processed you will be sent an email with your confirmed test date, time, and other test instructions. The email will provide you with a unique ID and PASSWORD to access your test information and status on the LTI Test Candidate Website. Please retain this important email and website information for your records as you will use this website and secure password to verify the date and time of your OPI and check the status of your test result. You will also be able to print your Official ACTFL OPI Certificate from the candidate website.
QUESTIONS: For questions, contact Language Testing International at or 1-800-486-8444.


Tests are scheduled by individual appointment, Monday-Thursday, during regular office hours. Once you have registered through Language Testing International and they have sent your registration details to us, you may then contact our office to schedule your appointment.

Disability Accommodation

To request disability accommodation for testing, please contact the OEA Testing Center at (206) 543-1171 or via email at before registering for the test.