About ILR OPI Testers

Thank for your for interest in becoming an ACTFL ILR OPI Tester. ACTFL has been contracted by the Defense Language Institute to provide proficiency testing support in critical languages. Once qualified by ACTFL, ILR Testers are called upon on an as needed basis to conduct ILR Oral Proficiency Interviews (OPIs). ILR Testers conduct interviews from their home telephones during weekday business hours (M-F, 9-5) in any US Timezone. Testers are paid on a per test basis. Please read the following requirements to determine if you qualify for the program.

  ILR Tester Selection Criteria
Work status

ILR OPI Testers work as indepedent contractors and receive an IRS form 1099 at the end of the year to document earnings. Testers must have valid, unrestricted permission to work in the United States (either US citizen or Green Card holder). Persons holding visas must discuss their situation with ACTFL before entering the program.

Critical language proficiency ILR OPI testers trainees must be native speaker of the language they seek certification in.  Testers must have post childhood experience living in a country where the language is spoken. Testers who are not native speakers of the language in which they seek certification will be required to take an OPI and achieve a score of 3 or higher. Other candidates may also be required to take an OPI in order to demonstrate their proficiency in the language.
Education ILR OPI tester trainees must have a minimum of a Bachelor's degree  (graduate degree preferred). In some cases, comparable experience will be substituted for a bachelor's degree. It is strongly preferred that testers attained their education in a country where the target language is spoken.
Professional Background ILR OPI tester trainees should have previous professional experience using the target language (ex: teacher, translator, interpreter, journalist).
English proficiency ILR OPI tester trainees must be proficient in English.
Interpersonal skills ILR OPI tester trainees must have strong communications skills, strong listening skills, as well as respect for deadlines.
Disposition for learning the ILR system ILR OPI tester trainees must be wiling to learn and apply new skills as well as accept other ideas of language proficiency.
Training Process ILR OPI tester trainees  must complete a four day Phase I and a four day Phase II workshop no more than 30 days apart. These workshops are usually held in New York. ACTFL pays for all expenses related to attending these workshops. In between the training workshops, trainees complete a required homework assignment that demonstrates their mastery of the topic discussed in the workshop. Another assignment follows Phase II. A certification decision is made based largely on a candidate's performance on the homework assignment following Phase II.
Cultural Familiarity ILR OPI tester trainees must demonstrate familiarity with the target culture as evidenced by post childhood experience living in a country where the language is spoken.
Equipment and technology requirements ILR OPI tester trainees  must have a general aptitude for technology. Testers must have access to a landline telephone as well as high speed internet access in order to conduct OPIs.  ACTFL provides all necessary recording equipment. 
Availability for testing as needed ILR OPI tester trainees must have a minimum of 10 hours per month of availability during weekday business hours in any US time zone (M-F, 9-3) to conduct OPIs on an as needed basis for ACTFL's testing affiliate, Language Testing International. Availability must span at least 3 weeks of the month.  


If you feel as though you meet the qualification and would like to apply to become a tester, please email your resume to Julia Ruane, Project Coordinator,

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