Division of Continuing & Distance Education, Summer School Off-Campus & Distance Learning

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LTI Testing

The Division of Continuing and Distance Education administers Language Testing International (LTI) written and oral examinations to current USD students.  LTI is exclusively licensed by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL).  LTI testing provides students the opportunity to receive college credit for select language courses by earning satisfactory scores on LTI exams.  These examinations are intended to assist students who have some knowledge of a language other than English but do not have transferrable college credit to document their knowledge. 

The exams, which test your skills on the coursework for which you would like to gain credit, are computer-based and telephone-based where applicable.  The following exams are offered:

Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)

The OPI is a live 20-30 minute telephonic interview between an ACTFL Certified Tester and a candidate that assesses language proficiency.  The exam resembles an interactive conversation between two people, following a standardized structure and elicitation protocol.

Oral Proficiency Interview by Computer (OPIc)

The OPIc is a 20-40 minute interview-like, computer based assessment.  The exam is designed to elicit a sample of speech via recorded, computer-adapted voice prompts customized to the individual test taker.

Internet Writing Proficiency Test (iWPT®)

The iWPT is an 80 minute standardized exam for the global assessment of functional writing ability in a language.  The exam measures how well a person spontaneously writes in a language (without access to dictionaries or grammar references).  The exam consists of four requests for written responses that deal with practical, social, and professional topics encountered in informal and formal contexts.

For additional information regarding these exams, language availability of each, and scoring, please visit LTI Test Information.

USD Policies Regarding LTI Examination:
  • You may take an LTI exam only if you have graduated from high school or successfully completed the GED examination.
  • USD credit will be given only to students who have adequate scores on both written and oral exams in the same language.  In other words, students must have adequate scores on the OPI or OPIc and the iWPT in order to earn USD credit.
  • LTI exams are given by appointment. You must make an appointment with the Division of Continuing & Distance Education Testing Center to take an exam. Exams must be scheduled 72 hours in advance of the testing date. Available hours are Monday - Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Payment must be made to USD per the price information found in the LTI Test Information document.
  • You must provide a picture I.D. (driver's license, student I.D., etc.) at the time of testing.
  • For more information regarding LTI testing, you may visit: www.languagetesting.com
  • USD LTI policies, prices, and score requirements are subject to change.

If you have questions regarding LTI testing or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact the Division of Continuing & Distance Education at 1-800-233-7937 or 605-658-6140.