ILR OPI Candidate Application

ACTFL is seeking language professionals to serve as freelance language testers. If you speak one of the below languages, have an interest in language assessments, and have a few hours of telephone availability during week days, we invite you to apply.

Becoming a language tester with ACTFL is a chance to become involved in the work of a highly-recognized language organization, an opportunity to meet language professionals from diverse backgrounds, and a way to learn new skills and use language proficiency in new ways.


ACTFL trains and certifies language testers for over 107 languages.

We are currently accepting applications for the following languages: Afrikaans, Akan-Twi, Albanian, Amharic, Arabic (Modern Standard), Arabic-Algerian, Arabic-Egyptian, Arabic-Gulf (Iraqi), Arabic-Levantine, Arabic-Libyan, Arabic-Moroccan, Arabic-Saudi, Arabic-Sudanese, Arabic-Tunisian, Arabic-Yemeni, Armenian, Assyrian, Azerbaijani/Azeri, Baluchi, Bengali, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Burmese, Cambodian/Khmer, Cebuano, Chavacano, Chechen, Chinese-Cantonese, Chinese-Mandarin, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Ewe, Finnish, French, Fula/Peul, Ga, Georgian, German, Greek, Gujarati, Haitian-Creole, Hausa, Hebrew, Hiligaynon/Ilonggo, Hindi, Hungarian, Igbo, Ilocano, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Javanese, Kazakh, Kirghiz, Korean, Krio, Kurdish-Kurmanji, Kurdish-Sorani, Lao/Laotian, Latvian, Lingala, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Malayalam, Mandingo-Bambara, Hmong (Miao-Yao), Mongolian, Nepali/Nepalese, Norwegian, Pashto-Afghan, Persian-Afghan (Dari), Persian-Farsi, Polish, Portuguese-Brazilian, Portuguese-European, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Serbian-Croatian, Singhalese, Slovak, Slovenian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Tajik, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Tibetan, Tigrinya, Turkish, Turkmen, Uighur, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Wolof, Yoruba, and Zulu.

If you do not speak one of these languages, you may still submit an application to be contacted in case a need for your language arises in the future.

Should I become an ACTFL-certified ILR OPI language tester?

Candidates accepted into the ACTFL ILR OPI Tester Program receive:

  • FREE access to ACTFL training
  • All training and equipment needed to conduct oral proficiency interviews
  • Payment from ACTFL for completing all training steps
  • After achieving certification, ILR OPI testers work as consultants and receive payment from ACTFL's testing office (Language Testing International) per test conducted or rated. Certified ILR OPI testers may be eligible for other paid freelance/consulting assignments with ACTFL.

ACTFL requires ILR OPI testers to:

  • Commit to completing ALL training assignments. Please carefully consider your ability to honor this commitment before applying.
  • Maintain some telephone availability during weekdays between 9am and 5pm Eastern (availability requirements vary per language; can range from 10 hours/month to 10 hours/week)
  • Respond to regular email communication and performance feedback
  • Commit to the ILR OPI testing program for a MINIMUM of two years. This commitment is nonnegotiable, and candidates should give serious consideration to this two year commitment before applying.

What is the ILR OPI?

The Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) is a nationally recognized method of assessing spoken language proficiency. The test assesses what a speaker can do with the language rather than focusing on the structures and abstract vocabulary. The test is administered over the telephone by an ACTFL Certified Tester and rated (graded) by a second Certified Tester for quality assurance. OPIs can be rated according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012 or the Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) scale. In this training, you will be learning to administer and rate OPIs according to the ILR scale.

Your role as an ILR OPI Tester

As a certified ACTFL ILR OPI Tester, you will work remotely. Testing is preferably conducted from a corded landline phone. Each test takes approximately 40 minutes. Once the test is conducted, the Tester submits the rating (grade) electronically within 24 hours. Testers may also be asked to listen to an interview conducted by another Tester and assign his/her own rating. Testers are paid for their work. ACTFL ILR OPI Testers maintain communication and availability with the program for a minimum of two years.

How to become an ILR OPI Tester

The application takes an estimated 15 minutes to complete. Please fill out the questions in this form as honestly and completely as possible.

If you have any questions, please email us with the subject line "ILR OPI Tester Recruiting."

  1. Must be authorized to work in the United States. ACTFL does NOT offer any type of work sponsorship.
  2. Apply and be accepted into the ILR OPI Tester Certification Program. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis but prioritized according to testing needs.
  3. Must achieve a minimum proficiency score on an OPI in the language you are applying to certify for.
  4. Participate in a rigorous and intensive virtual certification program over a 12-16 week period. During the virtual certification process, you will be required to attend 3 hours of weekly webinar(s) in addition to completing online self-guided activities that introduce or reinforce topics addressed in the webinars.
  5. Demonstrate mastery of workshop content by conducting Oral Proficiency Interviews by applying ACTFL’s ILR protocols and procedures.
  6. Complete all certification assignments under the guidance of a mentor.

Training Dates

ACTFL is hosting the ILR OPI workshop virtually. Workshops are offered throughout the year. Workshops will last for approximately 12-16 weeks each. The time commitment for the workshop will be three to six hours to complete each week, including required face to face meetings lasting 2-3 hours where you will have an opportunity to interact with other trainees and trainers/mentors.

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Are you available and willing to join an online training? 

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Please note that in order to be eligible to train as an ILR OPI Tester you must have valid, unrestricted permission to work in the United States, such as that of a United States citizen or lawful permanent resident.
Do you have valid persmission to work in the US? 
Do you need any type of employer sponsorship in order to work in the US? 

In order for your submission to be processed, you must obtain an EIN.


Have you worked as a language tester before?
Have you had any previous training in OPI testing?
Have you had any previous training in rating using the ILR proficiency scale for speaking?
Do you work in any way with language learners from the US military or government? 

Please describe your proficiency and abilities with the English language.

Do you have any current affiliation to the Defense Language Institute (DLI)? 


Please rate on a scale of 1-5 how comfortable you are using internet-based applications (5 being the most comfortable).:
Which day/time works best for you?

Time Zones: Central

How long can you commit to being available at the times you indicated above?
How long can you commit to testing for ACTFL?
Do you have plans to be out of the country or otherwise unavailable for any extended period of time?

Please state if you are able to handle such a situation.

Are you available for testing assignments during the summer?


I am open to receiving feedback about my work
I pay attention to details
I consider myself a highly articulate speaker of my language
I make judgments based on emotion rather than objectivity
When I start something, I always finish it
In conversations, I have a knack for getting people to chat
I am known as someone who is dependable and reliable
It is difficult for me to listen carefully when others are speaking
I am an independent worker who is self-motivated
I get satisfaction from following protocols, guidelines, or rules
I always want to learn and improve my work
I enjoy having conversations and chatting with new people
If I make a commitment, it is important that I see it through
I am interested in current events in the U.S. and worldwide
I enjoy discussing societal issues and philosophical matters in my language
I find it hard to accept constructive criticism
I take pride in ensuring my work is high-quality
It is difficult to stay neutral when I hear an opinion I don't agree with


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