Procedure for Applying for ACTFL OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) and ACE (American Council on Education) Credit Recommendation:
students at IUP may receive course credit for their oral proficiency levels in Spanish through the American Council on Education (ACE) Credit Recommendation Service and Language Testing International (LTI), the assessment agency for the American
Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). See the current Undergraduate Catalog (Department of Foreign Languages/Spanish) for a list of the proficiency ratings, corresponding ACE credit recommendations, and IUP course credits in Spanish.
Students who have taken an ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) through LTI, received a proficiency rating by LTI, and received credit recommendation by ACE may receive the following course credits in Spanish at IUP:
(This chart also appears in the Undergraduate
Catalog under Department of Foreign Languages/Spanish.)
Note: To maximize the benefit of these credits,
students must complete all steps prior to completing their first Spanish course
at IUP (most commonly SPAN230).
First request of ACE Credit Recommendation for OPI is $75. Any second request thereafter for ACE Credit Recommendation for OPI is $40 each.
This procedure will enable the student to schedule the OPI and will enable LTI to register the student with ACE. When LTI receives a final OPI rating, ACE will be notified and they will send the student a transcript with credit recommendations according
to the level she or he achieved on the test. The student should present the transcript to the IUP Office of Transfer Services, and credit will be granted according to the policy outlined in the Undergraduate
Catalog. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain and present the
transcript so the credit can be applied.
*This is an inexpensive way for students to earn credits for the Spanish they have already acquired prior to enrolling at IUP.