Understanding Results

OPI/TEACH test results are reported to students and their departments as one of four levels of English oral proficiency:

Based on their performance on the OECT, the students are either required or recommended to work independently in the Pronunciation Lab (1114 Pearson Hall). The lab offers a number of pronunciation software and is open Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm. Students can reserve a time slot at the Pronunciation Lab webpage. Alternatively, they can check out a laptop with pronunciation software by reserving it at the Laptop Check-out webpage.


Level 1 - Fully Certified

  • Scores: The examinee passed both the OPI and the TEACH tests with 230 or higher (on a scale 0-300).
  • Recommended teaching duties: Whatever the department needs, but some personal support for the TA in the first semester is recommended.
  • Classes required: None.
  • Lab recommendation: 1 hour of independent work in the pronunciation lab per week.

 

Level 2 - Certified with Restrictions

  • Scores: The examinee received (1) a score of 210 or 220 on one test and a higher score on the other, or (2) scored 210 or 220 on both tests. For example, the examinee passed the OPI test with 230, but received a score of 210 or 220 on TEACH (on a scale 0-300). 
  • Recommended teaching duties: Not a sole, stand-alone instructor, but may be a recitation or discussion leader, an occasional presenter, or any of the duties described in the lower levels.
  • Classes required: One semester of English 180 (3 credits), usually section D. This must be taken during or before the first semester of teaching duties.
  • Lab requirement: 2 hours of independent work in the pronunciation lab per week.

 

Level 3 - Certified with Restrictions (Retesting required)

  • Scores: The examinee received a score of between 170 and 200 (1) on one of the tests and higher on the other or (2) on both tests (on a scale 0-300). 
  • Recommended teaching duties: May work as a laboratory instructor reviewing assignments and helping with experiments, or individually with students as tutors or in help-rooms, or any of the duties described in the lowest level.
  • Classes required: 1-2 semesters of English 180 (3 credits each) usually sections A-C (depending on scores), with retesting at the end of each semester. Classes must be taken during or before the first semester of teaching duties and continue for a second semester if still teaching, unless the person retests at level 1.
  • Lab requirement:
    • Level 3 upper band (190-200) - 3-4 hours of independent work in the pronunciation lab per week.
    • Level 3 lower band (170-180) - 5-6 hours of independent work in the pronunciation lab per week.

 

Level 4 - Not Certified (Retesting required)

  • Scores: The examinee received scores of below 170 on one or both tests (on a scale 0-300).
  • Recommended teaching duties: Ones that don't require oral proficiency, such as taking care of or setting up equipment, grading papers and assignments, doing webpages, and proctoring examinations.
  • Classes required: 2-3 semesters of English 180 (3 credits), usually beginning with section A and finishing with section D, with retesting at the end of each semester. Classes must be taken during or before the first semester of teaching duties and continue the following semesters.
  • Lab requirement: 7 hours of independent work in the pronunciation lab per week. If the student took English 180A and got a Level 4 scores after re-testing, s/he is required to complete at least 7 hours of independent work per week before being eligible for English 180B or 180C. The student is allowed to retest at the end of the semester if the independent work requirement is completed.