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WPT Rater Certification

The ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) is a proctored, standardized test for global assessment of functional writing ability, measuring how well a person writes in a language by comparing the performance of specific writing tasks with the criteria stated in the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012 – Writing. The WPT measures how well a person writes spontaneously, without resources, such as a dictionary, grammar text, Internet, etc. Tests are double rated and an official ACTFL WPT certificate is issued to the candidate.

ACTFL WPT Rater Certification can be acquired through participation in an ACTFL WPT Rater Workshop. Workshops are offered by ACTFL during the Summer Proficiency and Performance Institute or can be arranged by an accredited academic institution.

WPT Rater Certification Workshop

The path to WPT certification begins by participating in a 2-Day WPT Assessment Workshop. You may either register for one of our ACTFL sponsored workshops that are held in the winter and summer at various locations around the country or you may have your school, university, district, or consortium arrange to host their own private workshop.

  • For Individuals: ACTFL-sponsored workshops are scheduled throughout the year in various geographic regions. View a current list of ACTFL-sponsored workshops.
  • For Institutions: ACTFL on-site workshops can be arranged with a school, university, district, or consortium and customized to address specific needs and requirements. Learn more.

* Prerequisites for workshop attendance: Affiliation with an academic institution as defined by ACTFL, undergraduate degree in a related field, minimal proficiency level of Intermediate High in the language training.

During the workshop candidates will:

  • Become familiar with the WPT
  • Understand, internalize, and apply the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012—Writing
  • Recognize and apply the Assessment Criteria for each of the major levels
  • Recognize the major level targeted by a writing task
  • Assess whether a response meets or does not meet the targeted level of a task.

Prerequisites for WPT Certification

To apply to become a certified WPT rater, candidates must meet the following general prerequisites:

  • Affiliation with an accredited academic institution as defined by ACTFL*
  • Possession of an undergraduate degree in a related field
  • Minimum proficiency level of Advanced-Mid in English as assessed on the OPIc. Minimum proficiency level of Superior in the language of certification as assessed on the WPT. (Certified OPI testers are exempt from the assessment requirements.)

*An academic institution is an accredited school, college, or university where world languages are taught. The term affiliation with an academic institution is defined as a current faculty and/or staff member who is involved in the instruction or evaluation of language students. Private language companies that offer translation services or language testing do not qualify under ACTFL’s definition of an academic institution. Private for-profit companies also do not qualify.

WPT Rater Certification Process

After the workshop, WPT candidates may apply for certification. In order to be certified as an ACTFL WPT Rater, candidates must successfully complete the following steps:

  • Attend a WPT Rater Workshop (Face to Face or Online)
  • Submit the application for WPT Rater Certification within 30 days of the workshop
  • Demonstrate one’s language proficiency as evidenced by an official ACTFL OPIc in English and an official ACTFL WPT in the language of certification (Personal OPIc & WPT)
  • Rate benchmarked Writing Proficiency Tests to demonstrate the ability to reliably apply the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines for Writing to the rating process

Submitting an Application 

Individuals who have completed a WPT Rater Certification Workshop within the last 30 days may apply for WPT Rater Certification:

1. Email: Download the application here, complete it, and return it to opicert@actfl.org.

2. By mail or fax: Download the PDF application, complete it, and send to:

ACTFL Training & Certification Specialist
1001 North Fairfax Street
Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: (703) 894-2905

Application Fee:

  • The application fee is $75 for certified OPI Testers.
  • The application fee is $200 non-certified OPI Testers.

Refund Policy

Application fees for ACTFL WPT Rater Certification are non-refundable except under extenuating circumstances that are approved by ACTFL and provided that no portion of the certification process has already been initiated by the applicant. Cancellation notices must be submitted in writing or by email within 45 days from original notice of processing of the application. If approved by ACTFL, a $50.00 processing fee will be deducted from the application fee to issue a refund to the applicant.

Certification Phases and Timeline

Certification Phases and Timeline:

  • Phase 1 - Read & Rate Activity: Complete read and rate activities that will allow candidates to compare their ratings to official ACTFL ratings. Candidates must demonstrate an ability to appropriately apply the ACTFL Proficiency Rating Scale for Writing to the rating process in order to move on to phase 2.
  • Phase 2 - Certification Activity: Candidates independently rate a round of WPTS.  These WPTs will be evaluated and will determine whether a candidate is recommended for certification.
  • 90-Day Timeline:  Certification activities must be completed within 90 days of start.

Awarding of Certification:

ACTFL WPT Rater Certification is awarded for a four-year period. At the end of that period, all testers must re-certify.

WPT RECERTIFICATION PROCESS

1. Prerequisite:

  • Must be a certified ACTFL WPT rater in good standing

2. Recertification Process

The recertification process must be completed within 30 days from application. There are two options for recertification, depending upon the setting in which rating has occurred during the four years since becoming certified. These options are identified as the following recertification tracks:

  • Track A candidates are active reliable raters with ACTFL’s official testing office, LTI.
  • Track B candidates are active reliable raters within their own academic institutions.

Track A recertification tasks include:

  • Successful completion of online refresher course before certificate is expired
  • ACTFL will review your rating activity with LTI
  • Submit current resume/CV
  • Submit a WPT Rater Agreement

Track B recertification tasks include:

  • Successful completion of online refresher course before certificate is expired  
  • Complete a series of rating activities to demonstrate the ability to reliably rate
  • Submit current resume/CV
  • Submit a WPT Rater Agreement

3. Application:

  • There is a $25.00 fee to apply for rater recertification – Track A
  • There is a $50.00 fee to apply for rater recertification – Track B
  • Must complete the WPT rater recertification application and submit it by:

    1. Email: Download the application here, complete it, and return it to opicert@actfl.org.

    OR

    2. By mail or fax: Download the PDF application, print & complete it, and send to:

    ACTFL Training & Certification Specialist
    1001 North Fairfax Street
    Suite 200
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    Fax: (703) 894-2905

CERTIFICATION APPEALS PROCESS

ACTFL is committed to a transparent certification process.  While not all individuals who apply for certification achieve it, ACTFL convenes an Appeals Committee on a quarterly basis to reconsider certification decisions.  Candidates for an appeal must meet the following criteria:

  • Certification materials were evaluated inaccurately and/or
  • There were extenuating circumstances that did not allow for a fair assessment of a candidate’s testing/rating performance

For detailed information on the certification appeals process, visit here.

CONTACT US

  • Weekly Online Office Hours:  Have your certification questions answered by joining one of our virtual office hours, which are hosted by the Certifications and Quality Assurance team.

    Mondays from 4:00 to 5:00 pm EST. Register to attend this session here.

    Wednesdays from 12:00 to 1:00 pm EST. Register to attend this session here.

  • Email the ACTFL Certification Specialists at opicert@actfl.org. (Please note that this program receives a high volume of emails. It may take up to 48 hours for a response.)