Students Who Do Not Plan To Take Foreign Language Courses at VCU

This information is being provided to all students who are required to meet a foreign language requirement within their respective majors, and do not plan on taking foreign language coursework at VCU. Students who have successfully completed 3 or more years of study of one foreign language at the high school level (and do not plan to continue taking coursework in that language at VCU) have fulfilled the Humanities and Sciences foreign language requirement through the 102 level. The Foreign Language Verification Form is required to verify fulfillment of the foreign language requirement through the 102 level, and must be delivered to the Office of Student Services, Founder’s Hall. Room 102.

Foreign Language Fluency-Level Assessment

For Foreign Languages currently taught at VCU:

Take the Placement Test through School of World Studies Media Center in Hibbs Hall, Room 426.

For Foreign Languages not taught at VCU:

For students who attended high school or an institution of higher education where English was not the primary language of instruction, it is possible to meet the foreign language requirement without further testing. Please submit a copy of your official transcript documenting completion of formal study in a language other than English to: School of World Studies Advising Office, 817 W. Franklin Street, Suite 221

OR

Complete an ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI or OPIc). These examinations are proctored here on campus by the School of World Studies Media Center, conducted by phone or internet, and are described in detail below.

OPI & OPIc Assessment Procedures - Step 1

For detailed information on each type of test, test fees, as well as a list of which language assessments are offered, please use the following links:

Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)
Oral Proficiency Interview - Computer (OPIc)

The School of World Studies Media Center (Hibbs Hall, Room 426) proctors OPI & OPIc tests for a per-test fee of $26. This payment for test proctoring ($26) must be made prior to registering and paying for the specific assessment test through Language Testing International. The $26 proctoring fee must be paid directly to the VCU Cashier’s Office using the World Studies Media Center Deposit Form. The Cashier’s Office is located on the first floor of Harris Hall, 1015 Floyd Ave. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Students must bring a copy of the receipt to the World Studies Media Center to complete the online exam scheduling process with Language Testing International.

Students can schedule to take the OPI or OPIc at the World Studies Media Center within the following testing windows:

Fall September 15 - October 15
Spring February 15 - March 15
Summer By Appointment

Scheduling to take the OPI or OPIc here at VCU will only be possible during these specific testing windows, so please plan accordingly.

How to Schedule the actual OPI or OPIc Test - Step 2

Students taking OPI or OPIc oral proficiency testing will need to register and pay for the OPI or OPIc evaluation directly through Language Testing International. Students choose between taking the OPI or OPIc based on the language to be assessed.

Once you have selected either an OPI or an OPIc, please go to: www.languagetesting.com.

Click on “Buy a Test” if ordering for the first time, or “Login’ if you have purchased a test in the past, and already have a username and password. Then simply follow the menu to choose the language in which you plan to be assessed, complete the registration, and pay for the respective language test(s) online.

Please note: For the OPI, missed appointments will result in a $55 missed appointment fee.  

In the event test candidates need to cancel an appointment, please contact Language Testing at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled start time of the test to avoid any cost.

The Language Testing help desk is available: 8:00 am to  6:00 pm EST
800-486-8444
or via email at:  support@languagetesting.com

Completing the Process - Step 3

Once a student has taken the placement test or the OPI or OPIc, and the results verified, the score will be entered into the university system.

Students taking a foreign language placement test who do not plan on registering for a VCU course in that language should contact the School of World Studies Advising Office at: swsadvising@vcu.edu to request that the Registrar be notified on their behalf.

For all students completing an OPI or OPIc assessment, the Registrar will be notified automatically once the score has been entered (within one week following receipt of the assessment results).