CLS Summary for Mission Presidents
THIS DOCUMENT EXPLAINS TO MISSION PRESIDENTS THE BASICS OF THE CLS PROGRAM, INCLUDING BACKGROUND INFORMATION, MATERIALS NEEDED, ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES, AND STEPS FOR GETTING STARTED.
What Is the OPIc?
The OPIc (Oral Proficiency Interview by computer) is an online test that provides reliable and respected oral proficiency testing worldwide. The test emulates the live OPI, except that the questions are delivered through a carefully designed computer program and a virtual avatar. Thus the test can be taken at a time convenient to the candidate and the proctor.
Setting Up the OPIc
GET NEEDED LOG-IN CREDENTIALS AND REVIEW TRAINING MATERIALS
You will need a username and password for the Language Testing International (LTI) website (languagetesting.com). If you do not already have these, email CLSsupport@mtc.byu.edu.
DOWNLOAD AND READ THE OPIC INSTRUCTIONS
Below are instructions for proctoring the OPIc online certification test. This internationally recognized test is administered by Language Testing International and backed by the ACTFL organization.
CLS proctors do not need to officially register or be certified, but they must read the following instructional materials, which include guidelines for scheduling and administering the OPIc exam and for printing certificates.
After reading the materials, proctors should review the frequently asked questions (FAQs) page on this site to gain additional insights and learn the answers to common questions.
To better familiarize yourself with the OPIc test, a demo is available to take and review. This demo can be used to help missionaries prepare for their exam. To begin, simply click Start Demo; no username or password is required.
OPIc Preparation and Certification
HELP MISSIONARIES WITH FINAL PREPARATION
To help your missionaries score well on their OPIc exam, we strongly recommend that you review the information on this page with them about two months before their test. Feel free to share a copy with them.
SCHEDULE THE OPIC EXAM
Tests are scheduled through the LTI website (languagetesting.com) after a missionary has completed all the modules from books 1 and 2. In addition, the test should be scheduled during the missionary’s last month of service to allow as much practice time as possible before the test.
PRINT THE ENGLISH PROFICIENCY CERTIFICATE
The proctor prints the English proficiency certificates from languagetesting.com. Each certificate fits on a half-sheet of letter-sized paper and should be printed on high-grade paper or card stock.
Follow the links below for additional resources and help.