Language Testing International (LTI)

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LTI (Language Testing International)

LTI provides testing in many of the world’s languages. Northwestern offers the oral proficiency test, which is conducted by phone. For more information about the test or the languages which can be tested, see LTI’s website:

Description of Test

The Oral Proficiency Interview is a carefully structured, 20-30 minute telephone interview between a Certified Tester and a candidate. The interview is interactive and adaptive to the experiences and linguistic competence of the candidate, and it is digitally recorded. The recorded sample is then rated and an Official Certificate, stating the candidate's proficiency level, is issued to the candidate.


The cost of the test is $139.00 to LTI plus a $20.00 testing fee to Northwestern.

Results & Credit

The candidate’s oral proficiency is rated on a scale ranging from Novice (Low, Mid, High) – Intermediate (Low, Mid, High) – Advanced (Low, Mid, High) – Superior. The candidate will receive a certificate of proficiency from LTI; Northwestern will also have access to this certification.

A proficiency level of “High Novice” or higher can be used to waive Northwestern’s foreign language requirement. However, proficiency on this test does not carry course credit; students will need to complete four hours of course work in other general education courses.


A candidate wishing to take this test should contact Joanne Prewett, Director of the Academic Success Center. Arrangements will be made for proctoring the exam and applying to LTI. The test will be conducted in the proctor’s office using the office telephone.  The scheduling process takes about two weeks.

Application for Testing

  • Register for the test on LTI's website:
  • When you register, you will need to choose three blocks of time - consult with the Director of the Academic Success Center before doing so
  • LTI will choose an hour from the times you list & send a confirmation email
  • You will also pay for the test when you register         

At the time of testing bring the following to the proctor's office:

  • Receipt for payment ($20.00) from the Business Office
  • Two forms of photo ID
  • Email from LTI confirming your appointment

Office: IE 113, Academic Success Center
Phone: (580)327-8149