The Spoken English Program offers the following tests to gauge English proficiency:
Oral Proficiency Assessment (OPA)
OPA interviews are used for placement into one of our courses or certification. In order to make an appointment to take the OPA, call 292-1364 or stop by the Spoken English Program office at 196 Arps Hall.
Skype Oral Proficiency Assessment (S-OPA)
The Skype OPA is only available for incoming or prospective students who cannot come to Columbus, OH for the on-site OPA. Current students must have departmental permission to take the Skype OPA; otherwise, the OPA must be taken in person.
The Exit Interview is an oral interview test to determine if 5045 students are qualified to “exit” these courses and move on to 5050. Because this exit test serves as a final exam, they are administered during the end of the fifteenth week of the semester.
The Exit Interview is a 15 minute “conversation” with two members of the Spoken English Program staff. The topics of conversation usually include general, non-academic questions which give students the chance to talk informally to the staff members for several minutes. Students are then asked to talk about some of the activities in their 5045 class and/or about their field of study.
The interviewers are interested in the pronunciation, fluency, listening comprehension and grammatical accuracy of the students. Success in future courses (e.g. 5050 and 5055) requires a solid foundation in these skills.
Oral Proficiency Certification Assessment (OPCA)
The Oral Proficiency Certification Assessment is a performance test requiring students to give a teaching demonstration on an assigned topic from their discipline. The test is observed by a panel who evaluate the prospective teaching assistant’s ability to communicate in the classroom setting. The panel includes Spoken English Program staff as well as representatives from the student’s academic department. Satisfactory performance on this test Certifies the international graduate students to teach or to be Conditionally Certified while concurrently being enrolled in 5055.