SPEAK Test Schedule
The SPEAK test is the institutional version of the Test of Spoken English (TSE), a test designed by the Educational Testing Service to assess speaking skills. The SPEAK test is frequently used to evaluate the spoken English of international TAs. This test is available only to students holding or under consideration for a teaching assistantship. SPEAK test scores cannot be sent to or accepted from other educational institutions.
The SPEAK test will be given at the following times in Room 250 Van Hise. Students should arrive at least 10 minutes before the test starts to check in.
Monday, January 14 9:30 am
Wednesday, January 16 9:30 am
Monday, February 25 3:30 pm
Monday, March 18 3:30 pm
Monday, April 22 3:30 pm, 4:15 pm or 5:00 pm. You will receive an email confirmation indicating the time you are signed up to take the test. Please come only at your designated time.
Monday, July 22 1:00 pm
Monday, August 5 1:00 pm
Monday, August 26 9:30 am and 10:15 am
Wednesday, August 28 9:30 am and 10:15 am
Monday, September 23 3:30 pm
Monday, October 28 3:30 pm
Monday, November 25 3:30 pm
Departments must authorize their teaching assistants or potential teaching assistants to take the SPEAK test by pre-registering them with the ESL Program. To do this, e-mail the completed registration form to email@example.com. Students must bring a picture ID and may take the test only once in a three-month period.
Interpretation of Results
Each college or school determines its own policy for the hiring of teaching assistants, in accordance with general university guidelines. The general guidelines for the use of SPEAK test scores follow.
1) Students with a score greater than or equal to 50 may teach with no further English language testing requirements.
2) Students with a score of 45 can perform instructional duties that require spoken English only if also enrolled in a program to improve English skills.
3) Students with a score lower than 45 cannot perform instructional duties that require spoken English.
Reporting of Results
SPEAK tests will be scored within five working days and results will be sent to both the student and the department, accompanied by a recommendation for those with scores of 45 or lower. Scores will be sent by e-mail. On request, a paper copy can be sent.
What’s the test like?
Download this sample SPEAK test to practice. On the day of the test, you will not need a pencil, paper, or any other materials. You will sit at a computer terminal and wear headphones with a microphone. You will listen to the test questions as you follow along reading a test booklet. You will speak into the microphone and your voice will be recorded. You will not have to write anything. You will not be able to make any notes during the test. The test will take about 20 minutes.