ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages)

Taking an ACTFL exam can shorten the time it takes to earn your degree and satisfy a foreign language proficiency requirement by demonstrating that you have already mastered the content.  ACTFL exams can reduce the number of college courses you need to graduate, saving hundreds of dollars in tuition.  ACTFL offers a way to receive college credit for “what you know.”

A score rating of at least “Intermediate Mid” or higher will result in the award of college credit and satisfy the Florida State College at Jacksonville Foreign Language I and II degree requirements through ACTFL language proficiency exams in any of the following formats:

  • Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI): resembles a conversation between two people but in fact follows a standard structure and protocol.The OPI is a live, 20-30 minute telephonic interview between an ACTFL Certified Tester and a candidate.
  • Oral Proficiency Interview by Computer (OPIc): is an on-demand, internet delivered proficiency test.A customized series of prompts based on the interest and experience of the test-taker as elicited during a survey phase at the beginning of the test.The OPIc takes 20-40 minutes to complete.
  • Writing Proficiency Test (WPT): is delivered via paper/pencil and consists of a number of prompts, which are customized to reflect the interest and experience of the test-taker.The candidate is presented with four to five prompts for written responses dealing with practical, social and professional topics that are familiar to the individual and of general and/or cultural relevance, encountered in both formal and informal contexts.The WPT takes 60-80 minutes to complete.

LTI/ACTFL tests in a huge, and ever-growing, range of languages - LTI offers testing for proficiency in languages such as:

Akan-Twi, Afrikaans, Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Bengali, Bulgarian, Cambodian (Khmer), Cantonese, Czech, Dari, Dutch, French, German, Gujarati, Haitian, Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lao, Mandarin, Modern Greek, Norwegian, Pashto, Persian (Farsi), Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Tamil, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, Yoruba.  If you didn’t see the language you are interested in, please visit the LTI website at

  1. Candidates must contact the FSCJ campus assessment center ACTFL contact to discuss available test dates & times.
  2. Candidates must register and pay for the ACTFL exam here.
  3. Candidate will enter “Login information” if they have an established accowith LTI/ACTFL or in “New User” section candidate will click on “Buy a Test”
    • If the candidate accessed the site by logging in as a Registered User:
      • Next screen:  “Registration Site” Candidate will need to click on first option: “Apply for an ACTFL Test”
    • If the candidate accessed the site by choosing New User:
      • Next screen:  “Before You Apply” Candidate should review information and then click “Get Started”
  4. Next screen: “Are You Testing for State Teacher Certification?” Click: Yes or No
  5. Next screen: “Find Your Institution” Candidate will need to enter Florida State College into the search box and then choose the appropriate campus from the dropdown menu that will appear.  Click “Continue”
  6. Next screen: “Select a Language” Candidate will choose a language from the dropdown menu.  Click “Continue”
  7. Next screen: “Select Test” Choices are: OPI, WPT, OPIc (Candidate will see notation if the selected language is not available in a certain format). Candidate will choose from available testing formats by clicking on the format test block (This will also update the cost in the “cart”). Click “Continue”

  8. Next screen:  “Select Your Proctor” Candidates will need to click on white circle next to Florida State College – and specific campus. Advise candidates need to click on “view contact and pricing information” and carefully review this information. Click on “Continue”
  9. Next screen:  “Select Date & Time” Candidates will need to choose time zone from the dropdown menu.  Candidates will need to enter information for two test dates and start/ending times. Click “Continue” (These are the test dates you discussed with FSCJ).

  10. Next screen:  “Select Upgrades” Candidates will need to choose the option: “Official Copy of Certificate $10” Click “Continue” At the bottom of this screen you will need to complete the information: Institute Name: Florida State College, Street Address: Kent Campus Assessment Center ATTN Jace Loehmann 3939 Roosevelt Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32205

  11. Next screen: “Review Your Order” After review, click “Continue”

  12. Next screen: “Payment and Account Information”
    • If candidate logged into LTI/ACTFL site with a userid/password
      • The candidate information section will self-populate with the candidate’s information
        • Candidate will move to “Payment Section” complete this information. Click “Submit”
    • If candidate did not log into LTI/ACTFL site with a password but chose “New User”
      • The candidate will need to establish a userid and password.
      • The candidate will need to complete the “Candidate Information” section.
      • The candidate will need to check that they “Agree to terms”
        • Candidate will move to “Payment Section” complete this information.Click “Submit”

LTI/ACTFL will send an email with confirmation of test date and time to the candidate and to FSCJ.  The candidate will need to contact FSCJ to confirm receipt of email, appointment date and time.

After the test has been scored the candidate will receive an email from LTI/ACTFL to notify them that their ACE request has been processed. It can take up to 4 weeks to receive this email. The email will provide the candidate with a student userid and password and the link to view their unofficial score report.  The candidate will need to open this link and answer the question: How would you like your official score report to be sent to your institution?  The candidate MUST choose the option of “Hard Copy” and indicate to mail it to:  Kent Campus Assessment Center ATTN Jace Loehmann 3939 Roosevelt Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32205

The ACTFL (OPI, OPIc, and WPT) are administered by appointment at Florida State College – Campus Assessment Centers. Candidates MUST contact the FSCJ Assessment Center Campus ACTFL coordinator before signing up for this exam.

Kent Campus:  Jace Loehmann (904) 381-3705  

  • Government issued ID.
  • $15.00 payment to FSCJ for OPI and OPIc
  • $30.00 payment to FSCJ for WPT
    • If candidate is taking a WPT they need to be prepared to also pay a $38.00 fee to cover FedEx cost of returning paper exam for evaluation.

Standard retest policy dictates a waiting period of 90 days to give the candidate significant study time, exposure or practice to develop language skills.

The subjects covered in the assessments reflect real-world concerns and cover a range of tasks one might be expected to handle in real life.  For questions about a particular test, please access the website:

It can take about 4 weeks for the official score report to be made available to the institution.