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Testing

Which Test Should I Take?

AAPPL and ALIRA

  • AAPPL Tests available: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and ESL
  • AAPPL Demo:http://aappl.actfl.org/demo
  • ALIRA for Latin
    ALIRA Q & R: http://www.actfl.org/professional-development/assessments-the-actfl-testing-office/the-actfl-latin-interpretive-reading-assessment-alira
  • Details: These tests are computer based and are offered in August, April and over the summer in the district’s exam for acceleration summer testing windows. Students have up to 3 hours to complete the exam.
  • Costs: Tests taken in August or April within LISD’s testing windows are paid for by LISD. (The exam is only paid for the first time taken. If a student wishes to take again, the cost is $20.)
  • Results: It takes approximately 3 weeks for the results to be returned to the student. The results will inform the students which high school credits have been earned.
  • Parents and the school that the student attends or will attend will receive the scores.
  • Possible Credit Earned: High School Credit
OPI/OPIc/WPT
  • Tests available: See ACTFL Tests for availability
  • Details: While these exams are available, it is not recommended for middle school student to take due to the maturity required in a language to be successful on the exam. This test, for example, can also be used for the credentialing of a teacher in a foreign language. The exam consists of a live interview by phone for the OPI, an avatar interviewer by computer for the OPIc, and a written test for the WPT.
  • Possible Credit Earned: High school credit and some universities may offer credit for the OPI/OPIc/WPT exams.
  • College Credit: Unless a middle school student knows where he or she will be attending college and whether or not the test will be accepted, the OPI/OPIc/WPT is not recommended.
  • Instead, the recommended path for a student to earn college credit is through the Advanced Placement (AP) exam for those languages that offer it. A full list of the courses that offer AP exams can be found online.
  • The OPI/OPIc/WPT may be an option in which an AP exam is not available.
http://www.languagetesting.com/oral-proficiency-interview-opi

Testing

AP Exams
Exams available:https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/apcourse
  • Details: These tests are computer based and are offered in May. Registration is through the Dean of Instruction early spring semester. It is recommended that the student take the corresponding high school course when available to best prepare for the exam.
  • Costs: The exam costs is $90. Cost is the responsibility of the parent/guardian.
  • Results: It takes approximately 6 weeks for the results to be returned to the student.
  • Possible Credit Earned: Possible college credit depending on exam score and university the student will be attending.
WPT
  • Tests available: See ACTFL Tests for availability
  • Details: These tests are very mature and most middle school students will not be ready for this level of exam. This test, for example, can be used for the credentialing of a teacher in a foreign language. The exam consists of written essays.
  • College Credit: Unless a middle school student knows where he or she will be attending college and whether or not the test will be accepted, the OPI/OPIc/WPT is not recommended. Instead, the recommended path for a student to earn college credit is through the Advanced Placement (AP) exam for those languages that offer it. A full list of the courses that offer AP exams can be found online. The OPI/WPT may be an option in which an AP exam is not available.
  • Costs: Since college credit can be earned, the costs of these are not covered by LISD.
Questions & Reponses Regarding OPI/OPIc/WPT Exams