Oral Proficiency

Oral Proficiency Testing

Students who are seeking a minor in Spanish must pass the Oral Proficiency Exam (OPE) prior to graduation. The exam, which tests linguistic proficiency and intercultural competency required for graduation, is given by arrangement. The Oral Proficiency Exam follows the recommendations of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

It is the student’s responsibility to contact the appropriate faculty member to set up the exam.  In order to demonstrate proficiency for the Spanish minor, students must achieve a rating of Intermediate-High on the ACTFL scale.  To demonstrate proficiency for the major, students must achieve a rating of Advanced-Low on the ACTFL scale.

OPE Pre- and Post Study Abroad:

An Oral Proficiency Exam for linguistic proficiency and intercultural competency check is administered prior to and upon return from a Study Abroad Experience.

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