Taking the TU ITA Test

1. Does every international teaching assistant have to take the TU ITA Test?

You may be exempt if:

  1. You are not a designated international teaching assistant but would like to benefit from GLEC1239. In this case, you do not need to sit for the test.
  2. You have received a score of 25 or higher on the speaking section of the TOEFL ibt or 7.5 or higher on the speaking section of IELTS.
  3. You are a graduate of a university in a native-English speaking country. You must present a copy of your diploma or official transcript for this exemption.

If these situations do not describe you, you must take the TU ITA Test. Please remember that you cannot assume instructional duties before your test result is communicated to your department.

2. What is the TU ITA Test format?

The TU ITA Test:

  • is an interview assessment which takes between 30 and 45 minutes and is conducted over Zoom. All responses for the test are spoken and recorded; you do not write at any time during the test.
  • consists of 5 scenarios, each includes several questions and requires you to perform a language function.

You will receive more detailed information (including technical requirements) after you register as Temple University ITA.

3. When and where do I take the TU ITA Test?

  • Testing for the SPEAK test is available all year. It is conducted remotely using Zoom.
  • Click here to register for the TU ITA Test or to submit exemption documents.

4. How many times can I take the TU ITA Test?

  • The TU ITA Test can be taken only once.

5. How do I read my TU ITA Test scores?

  • The minimum TU ITA Test score is 0; the maximum score is 40. Scores are reported both to you and your department, via e­mail, within three days of the date you take the test.

TU ITA TEST SCORE

OUTCOME

APPROVED INTERNATIONAL TEACHING ASSISTANT ACTIVITIES

> 30

Unrestricted Pass

You may assume instructional duties without restrictions.

25–29

Restricted Pass

You may assume instructional duties for one semester, but you must also be simultaneously enrolled in the GLEC1239 course. You also must pass GLEC1239 to be certified.

< 25

Insufficient

You must complete and pass the GLEC1239 course before you assume instructional duties. You may assume restricted duties that do not require interaction with students; for example, grading course work.