ACTFL seeks language experts in the following languages to undergo training to become language proficiency testers:
IMMEDIATE NEED: Chechen, Kashmiri, QuechuaAdditional languages: Albanian, Danish, Dhivehi, Dutch, Estonian, Ewe, Finnish, Fula-Peul, Fula-Toucouleur, Icelandic, Kirundi, Kuwaiti, Lingala, Luganda, Malayalam, Mossi, Norwegian, Sindhi, Sinhalese, Slovenian (Slovene), Swedish, Tibetan, Turkmen, Uighur
What is ILR? What is OPI?ILR stands for Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR), which produces a set of guidelines used as a primary reference in government tests of language ability. The ILR Skill Level Descriptors are accepted by all federal agencies. More information about the ILR is available here.
OPI stands for Oral Proficency Interview, a nationally recognized measure of spoken language proficiency, conducted over the phone.
How do I become an ILR OPI Tester?Apply and be accepted into the ILR OPI Tester Training program. Trainees will have the opportunity to conduct practice tests, receive feedback, and develop connections with other experienced testers and language experts. Training gives language experts invaluable experience with the U.S. Government's language proficiency guidelines, ILR, in your language of expertise. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an application. Once I certified as a tester, what will I do?As an ILR OPI tester for ACTFL's testing office, you would be trained at no cost and certified as a tester, and then called upon to conduct telephonic testing as needed. Once certified as a tester, the testing volume may be a few hours per month. Your main role will be conducting oral proficiency interview (OPI) testing in your language based on the ILR proficiency guidelines.
Please note that ACTFL proficiency guidelines are distinct from ILR proficiency guidelines.
Note: Candidates with current affiliation to the Defense Language Institute or those offering similar language testing services to other entities are not eligible.