American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Washington

The ACTFL is used to assess the candidates proficiency in a target language. The WEST-E Designated World Language assesses the candidates proficiency in how to teach a foreign language.  Candidate earning a bilingual education endorsement or designated world language are required to take both the ACTFL and WEST-E Designated World Language test.

Bilingual Education endorsements

  1. Pass the WEST-E test in bilingual education, and
  2. ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test (WPT*) at the Advanced-Mid level in a world language area, and
  3. ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI**) at the Advanced-Mid level in a world language area.

Designated World Language endorsements

  1. Pass the WEST-E test in the designated world language, and
  2. ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test (WPT*) at the Advanced-Low level in a world language area, and
  3. ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI**) at the Advanced-Low level in a world language area.

Designated World Language: Latin

ACTFL does not administer tests for Latin.  For Latin, a candidate must take the WEST-E: Designated World Language (DWL) and the WEST-E: Latin.

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*WPT is administered by booklet or computer
**OPI is administered by telephone interview. For some languages, this is available by computer. (OPIc)
All tests are designed to evaluate free speech or writing.