Michele send me this as an email. My responses are in italics:
M – Kids don’t usually get the OPI interviews. But the interviews themselves really can tell people about how they are progressing. My problem situation wasn’t about a hole in my sleeve (why would you need language to solve that?! I think they have the complicated situations better than that now – you’re not supposed to be defeated by not knowing a particular word); it was my having locked myself out of an office of a school where I was working, leaving my documents there so I couldn’t prove who I was. It was actually kind of fun to deal with that situation. One thing I liked about the workshop was learning that people leaving an OPI should feel happy about their level of language. The interviewer is supposed to check levels, but then return them to a place they feel successful.