SMU designated proficiency test

The Second Language Requirement at SMU can be fulfilled by achieving a score of Intermediate-Mid or above on the OPI examination in a language not taught at SMU, or a score of 3 or above on the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI) examination. 

American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI) Exam

ASLPI examinations are offered, by appointment only, on campus with a live proctor in the Department of World Languages and Literatures (Clements Hall). In order to schedule an ASLPI examination, follow these steps:
1. Pay the $165 exam fee online

Submit Payment

2. Send a copy of your receipt by email to Prof. Tiffany McCray, who will submit your contact information to the testing service, after which you will receive an official ASLPI Registration Form. Once the forms have been received, you will be provided with the calendar of testing availability and can select the times that will work with your schedule.

3. You will receive confirmation of the date, time, and location of the exam as soon as it has been scheduled.

For more information about the format of the exam, visit https://www.gallaudet.edu/the-american-sign-language-proficiency-interview/aslpi. Please note that students are not permitted to take the ASLPI exam on their own if they plan to use the results to fulfill the Second Language Requirement.

Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)

OPI examinations are offered, by appointment only, on campus at the Teaching and Technology Center (Clements Hall 234). In order to schedule an OPI examination, follow these steps:

1. Pay the $195 exam fee online

Submit Payment

2. Send a copy of your receipt by email to the World Languages & Literatures Teaching and Technology Center. Make sure that your receipt includes your first and second choice dates for testing. The first choice must be at least 72 business hours from the date of the test request (so no earlier than 3 days from now). For each block of time, you need to include a 3-hour window.

For example:
First choice: Thursday, Nov. 15 between 3-6 pm
Second choice: Friday, Nov. 16 between 8-11am


3. You will receive confirmation of the date, time, and location of the exam as soon as it has been scheduled.

For more information about the format of the exam, see here. Please note that students are not permitted to take the OPI exam on their own if they plan to use the results to fulfill the Second Language Requirement.