ACTFL – Validation
Foreign Language Validation
If you are a native (or near-native) speaker of a language other than English and graduated from high school in the United States, you may request a foreign language validation test through The Ohio State University Testing Center. If you reach the appropriate level on this test, your foreign language requirement will be validated. This means that you will be allowed to substitute 12 hours of approved courses to fulfill the foreign language requirement. You should then meet with your academic adviser to find out which courses can be used in lieu of the foreign language requirement. You will NOT be awarded EM credit hours for a validation.
You may complete the validation every 90 days. You may not enroll in any language course for which you received a validation. In order for your exam to count towards validation, you must take it in the Testing Center at The Ohio State University. If this exam is proctored by someone other than the Testing Center, it will not count for validation.
The Ohio State University Testing Center offers the Certified ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and/or the Certified ACTFL Written Proficiency Test (WPT) for this purpose. Haitian Creole, Pashto, Urdu, and Vietnamese require both the OPI and WPT. All other languages require the OPI only.
Each exams requires a $25 proctor fee payable to OSU.
Exams themselves range from $60-$200 depending on the type of exam and how many you need to take.
To select The Ohio State University Testing Center as your proctor, click on the orange link that says ‘Search for your institution or school program’ in the upper right hand corner of our main website. If you do not click on this orange link, you will not be able to select Ohio State University as your proctor site.
The languages available for validation are subject to change but can include:
Haitian Creole (OPI and WPT)
Vietnamese (OPI and WPT)