German Proficiency Interviews (GPIs)

What is a GPI?

The German Proficiency Interview, or “GPI,” is a 15-20 minute guided conversation in German with a faculty member who has gone through the training for ACFTL oral proficiency testing. The GPI offers a way to practice for your ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI), which is required for any German major as well as for the German Language Certificate.

“ACTFL” stands for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, and their language proficiency tests are the standard measure of foreign language ability in the US. An OPI rating can therefore be placed on a CV. Our in-house GPI is a great opportunity to get over your jitters about the OPI and learn what to expect. Please note that the GPI does not provide you with an official ACTFL rating in any way whatsoever. It is only practice.

You can learn more about the GPI and how it works by clicking here.


Who takes the GPI?

All students in German 202, 301, 303 and 400R will be required to take the GPI, and there may be limited opportunities for others students enrolled in German courses to sign up as well.


Scheduling your GPI

Signing up for the GPI will be done in class. Changes to appointments must be made in the department office (3112 JFSB) or directly with one of the interviewers (Talita Wiener-Osman and/or Carrie Cox).