Language Proficiency Tests

The state of New Jersey requires that all candidates seeking English as a Second Language (ESL) certification be tested in oral and written English language proficiency. Candidates seeking Bilingual/Bicultural endorsement must be tested in oral and written English language proficiency and in oral/written second language proficiency. These tests are given by the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL): the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and the Writing Proficiency Test (WPT).

The Department requires you to take the oral tests during your first semester of study in Multicultural Education; you should take the written tests by the end of your second semester.

The Oral Proficiency Interview and Writing Proficiency Test are conducted weekly at the NJCU Testing Center, Grossnickle Hall, Room 418. In order to register for a test, register here to create an account with Language Testing International. Select "Yes‚" for State Teacher Certification, "New Jersey" for the State Teaching License, and "New Jersey City University" for the Teacher Candidate Program. Please call Language Testing International at 1-914-963-7110 or email Eleanor Rodriguez at if you have any questions.