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FAQ

Who is eligible to participate in CLS?

CLS is for any missionary who does not speak English and who did not receive English language training at an MTC.

How should the audio DVD be used?

The audio DVD provides a model of spoken English to help missionaries improve their pronunciation. The disc corresponds to the modules in books 1 and 2.

What if two non-English-speaking missionaries are companions?

If neither missionary speaks English, the audio DVD will be an important study resource. Additionally, district meetings and zone conferences offer missionaries a chance to practice speaking with and asking questions of native English speakers.

What is the OPIc?

Please refer to page 1 of the OPIc Instructions booklet. A link to the booklet is found on the Implementing CLS page under the heading “Download and Read the OPIc Instructions.”

How do I register a missionary for the OPIc test?

Please refer to pages 3–5 of the OPIc Instructions booklet. A link to the booklet is found on the Implementing CLS page under the heading “Download and Read the OPIc Instructions.”

How do I become an OPIc proctor?

Please refer to pages 1–2 of the OPIc Instructions booklet. A link to the booklet is found on the Implementing CLS page under the heading “Download and Read the OPIc Instructions.”

How do I administer the OPIc exam?

Please refer to pages 6–7 of the OPIc Instructions booklet. A link to the booklet is found on the Implementing CLS page under the heading “Download and Read the OPIc Instructions.”

How do I print a certificate for a missionary who has completed the OPIc exam?

Please refer to pages 8–9 of the OPIc Instructions booklet. A link to the booklet is found on the Implementing CLS page under the heading “Download and Read the OPIc Instructions.” Certificates are usually available to print within 48 hours of a missionary completing the test.

When should English language study happen each day?

Language study happens during the time identified by Preach My Gospel for language study. If only one companion is learning the mission language, the language study time should be divided to accommodate the needs of both missionaries.

What can missionaries do to get the most from the CLS program?
  • Diligently complete every activity within each module.

  • Practice speaking English at every appropriate opportunity, including:
    • In the apartment.
    • In meetings and conferences, as appropriate.
    • Between appointments.
    • In interviews and weekly emails to the mission president, as appropriate.
  • Find motivation for diligently studying the program, such as:
    • Writing a résumé and applying for work after the mission.
    • Applying to and attending school after the mission.
    • Being able to understand the prophet’s voice without an interpreter.
  • Thoroughly complete all activities on the final preparation sheet.
Can a missionary take the OPIc more than once?

Because of the cost associated with each test, the OPIc may be taken only once unless the missionary experienced technical difficulties while testing.

What if a missionary does not finish the modules before going home?

Missionaries have up to one year after returning home to complete the modules and take the OPIc exam. The exam should be scheduled and taken at the mission office nearest the missionary’s home.

When should the OPIc be administered?

Missionaries are eligible to take the test after they have:

  • Completed all 25 modules in books 1 and 2.
  • Completed all module exams in books 1 and 2.
  • Received a score of 30 or more on each module exam and a cumulative score of 750 or more.
  • Completed the entire basic grammar text.
  • Mastered the usage and pronunciation of the 53 common verbs (in the book 1 appendix) and the vocabulary (in the book 2 appendix).

Ideally, the OPIc should be taken after the missionary has had sufficient time to practice and review the final preparation sheet.

How do I order materials?

Order materials through Church Distribution Services using these item numbers:

  • 10975: Companionship Language Study: Book 1, Basic Grammar, and Audio Practice DVD
  • 10939: Companionship Language Study: Book 2
  • 10955: Career English

What languages are the books available in?

To see the available languages for each book, click the symbol below the picture for that listing.

When should missionaries receive books 2 and 3?

Book 2 should be distributed to missionaries after they have completed book 1. Since the completion of book 3 is not required to take the OPIc exam, book 3 can be distributed to missionaries who request it, after they have completed book 2. It can also be given to missionaries just prior to leaving the mission.

What responsibilities does a mission president have with CLS?

The mission president ensures that missionaries have adequate time each day for language study. He encourages the missionaries to participate in the program, and he assigns someone to be the mission proctor. This is typically an office secretary or senior couple.

What responsibilities does a mission president’s wife have with CLS?

The mission president’s wife should not feel obligated to administer the CLS program, but she may participate if she desires and as she is assigned by the mission president. She can be a powerful influence for motivating missionaries to be diligent in their English studies.

What responsibilities does a CLS proctor have?

The proctor’s main responsibilities are ensuring the distribution of all CLS materials for the mission, registering missionaries for the OPIc exam, administering the exam, and printing certificates for missionaries who have successfully completed the exam.

Does the OPIc exam meet the BYU English requirement to apply to the university?

No. BYU requires that all incoming students take and perform proficiently on the TOEFL exam. But the OPIc does fulfill the English requirement for the BYU–Pathway program.