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American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Inc.

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is the nation's premier organization for language teaching professionals, providing vision, leadership and support for quality language teaching and testing, as well as providing support to those who instruct and assess languages. Established in 1967, ACTFL currently has a worldwide membership of more than 12,000 language educators and administrators representing all languages at all levels of instruction. In addition to offering services typical of those offered by professional associations, ACTFL has undertaken numerous projects of national scope that have had significant impact on foreign language education. Earlier projects focused on the creation of a national metric for measuring language competence - the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines - and the refinement of the Oral Proficiency Interview procedure, developed by and used extensively in the U.S. government languages schools, to make it applicable to an academic setting. Subsequent national efforts have been concerned with the development and administration of national proficiency testing and tester training programs as well as the development of content and performance standards for students and teachers. ACTFL proficiency testing is used for academic, commercial, and government purposes that include: entrance, placement and graduation requirements; research initiatives; program evaluation; hiring and promotion decisions; credentialing of teachers and other language professionals; and other situations where an individual's language proficiency needs to be documented. The ACTFL Testing Office, currently schedules, administers, and reports proficiency ratings for 200,000 proficiency tests each year.

URL:   http://www.actfl.org
Source of Official Student Records:   All test records are maintained in the proprietary LTI Testing Database including: name of candidate, date of test, type of assessment, language tested, and final rating. All test materials are digitally archived, and results are valid for two years.
How Results are Reported:   Upon completion of the exam, candidates go to a secure website, enter assigned user name and password, and are given access to their rating. If desired, candidates are able to print a score report from this website. Rating turnaround time is from 2-4 weeks, unless a candidate has ordered express service, which guarantees a rating turnaround in 5-10 days. An optional feature is the "Diagnostic Report." This is a report of both the Official Rating plus a diagnostic narrative of the candidate's performance on that specific test. There is a 90-day retest policy in effect for the OPI and WPT. The retest policy for an OPIc is 30 days.

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