American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

Note: Questions about an individual's certificate or testing status should be directed to the OSPI Certification office.

The ACTFL test assesses proficiency of understanding and communicating in a target language, while the WEST-E Designated World Language test assesses proficiency of how to teach a target language. Candidates earning a bilingual education endorsement or designated world language are required to take both the ACTFL specific language and WEST-E Designated World Language tests.

Bilingual Education

Candidates must pass the following assessments:
    1. WEST-E in bilingual education, and
    2. ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test (WPT*) at the Advanced-Mid level in a world language area, and
    3. ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI**) at the Advanced-Mid level in a world language area.

    Designated World Language

    Candidates must pass the following assessments:
    1. WEST-E test in the designated world language, and
    2. ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test (WPT*) at the Advanced-Low level in a world language area, and
    3. ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI**) at the Advanced-Low level in a world language area.

    Designated World Language: Latin

    ACTFL does not administer tests for Latin.  For Latin, a candidate must take the WEST-E: Designated World Language (DWL) and the WEST-E: Latin.