ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

What to Prepare and Study for OPIc

Updated on August 31, 2019

Preparation is Better

There are different reasons in taking an English oral proficiency test, but there is one common goal to them. That is to get a good score for your certification. Before someone applies for an OPIc (Oral Proficiency Interview by computer) test, there are some basic things to consider. These are only some of the tips that one may try before making a go for the OPIc test.

I am going to focus mostly with the OPIc, but there is also OPI which is a face-to-face interview with an examiner. That one needs a different set of preparations.

1. Building the Skill

Most students and young professionals take the OPIc test because it can give some leverage for them to enter a reputable university or company. Unlike other English tests like IELTS, TOEFL, or TOEIC, which require listening, speaking, reading and writing skills to pass; OPIc is a type of test that requires two basic skills: listening and speaking.

With those considerations, it is important to start building on those skills to secure a good result from the test. Of course, this process will take time and need a level of motivation as well as dedication.

How to Build a Skill?

Even though an OPIc applicant only needs two skills, it is still advisable to practice and review for the test one to two months prior to the examination date. It is observed that this amount of time is sufficient for someone to learn and be familiar with a particular set of skills.

As an individual trying to get better, find good English materials to read. The goal is for you to be familiar with English terms and helps you comprehends statements easier. Afterward, try to read aloud, with the help of your dictionary or smartphone you can try to check for proper pronunciations and stresses.

Then later try to go online and search for sample audio files which can help you be familiar with the American accent. Though be reminded that in the OPIc test there would be a computer-generated examiner which can be very different from the audio files that you will get online.

The duration of building the listening and speaking skills depends on the actual level of the applicant or student. It is mostly practiced that possible test-takers seek professional help from academies or personal tutors to prepare.

2. Be Familiar with the Guidelines and Levels

In this type of test, there are a total of four major levels: Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, and Superior. However, within these levels, there are also sub-levels. You may check www.actfl.org for more details. You can also check the other post about OPIc to have a better understanding of this English proficiency exam.

Knowing the description and requirement for each level can help you in preparing his study plans and goals for the one to two months of review. Also, it is important that if you truly wish to have sufficient support while preparing for the test, there are tutorial services and review centers that you can enroll in to help you out. It's never that late to study and equip yourself with the right set of skills.

3. Set a Target Goal

Do you have a particular goal in mind for taking the test?

Is it for work or is it for your university enrollment? Whichever is your goal, make sure that you set a target goal or level before starting the review. This will help motivate you. This is important for any test-taker so that when you are familiar with each level's description, it can be a challenge as well as guidance in putting your review plans to work.

Making a study plan would also be easier. The required skills and performance needed for the target level can also be addressed more properly. The focus is fixed and so the review would be more effective.

4. Practice

Familiarization is not the only important thing before an OPIc test. Each applicant must practice answering based on the actual OPIc test format. There are many sources or reviewers online and in local bookstores. It is suggested in academies or tutorial centers to conduct mock interviews and recording as a form of practice.

There are some formats to each part of the test, so being conditioned to different possible questions and situations can help the examinee's overall performance. You may try investing on these review materials and lessons to help you out.

Understand, Practice, Review

There are different styles that anyone can try. Not one study style can fit all. That's why it is much better to further search and read for additional information. The practice may not really make someone perfect, but is the closes thing to being prepared and performing well.

Each may take the OPIc test for different reasons, but one must keep in mind that this is an oral proficiency test. This means that the clearer and more comprehensive way to express your idea, the higher the chances that you'll get a better score. This will then help you reach your future goals, may it be in entering a good university or being in a better company.

Of course, relax in between

Even though you may tire yourself out to the limits, you must never forget to have a rest. Studying works this way (I think). There should be proper balance to the things we do and balancing it with good music must be the best way to do it.


Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://maven.io/company/pages/privacy

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)