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The Praxis Series™ tests measure teacher candidates’ knowledge and skills. The tests are used for licensing and certification processes and include.

ACTFL Certified Proficiency Testing Programs (oral and written)

ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)

Description: The ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) is a valid and reliable means of assessing how well a person speaks a language. It is a 20-30 minute face-to-face or telephonic interview between a certified ACTFL tester and an examinee. The interview is interactive and continuously adapts to the interests and abilities of the speaker. The speaker’s performance is compared to the criteria outlined in the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines - Speaking (Revised 1999). The interview is double rated and an Official ACTFL Oral proficiency Certificate stating the candidate’s proficiency level is issued to the candidate.

Languages: Official ACTFL OPIs are currently available in the following languages:
Albanian, Arabic, Cambodian, Cantonese, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, Egyptian, English, Farsi, Flemish, French, German, Greek, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Lao, Malay, Mandarin Chinese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Thai, Ukrainian, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test (WPT)

Description: This is a proctored, standardized test for global assessment of functional writing ability, measuring how well a person writes in a language by comparing the performance of specific writing tasks with the criteria stated in the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines - Writing (Revised 2001). Tests are double rated and an official ACTFL WPT certificate is issued to the candidate.

Languages: Official ACTFL WPTs are currently available in the following languages: Albanian, Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish (administered online).


The U.S. Department of Education's Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant (TEACH Grant) Program provides funds to students who are completing or who plan to complete coursework that is required to begin a career in teaching, and who agree to teach full-time for at least four years:

The four years of teaching must be completed within eight years after you complete or otherwise cease to be enrolled in the program for which you received a TEACH Grant. This teaching requirement is known as your TEACH Grant service obligation.

Perkins and Stafford Loan Cancellation for Service in Low-Income Schools

This screen allows you to search the Teacher Cancellation Low Income Directory of public and private nonprofit elementary and secondary schools designated by the U.S. Department of Education as having a high concentration of students from low-income families. (If you are a student who needs to search a directory prior to 1997-98, contact the following: for a Perkins loan the school that made you the loan; For Direct Stafford Loan, the Direct Loan Servicer; or for a FFEL Stafford Loan, your Stafford Loan holder or servicer in the Federal Family Education Loan Program.)