International Teaching Assistant Testing

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What tests will be offered?

On May 9, 2020, the University of Georgia authorized the development of a new assessment for international teaching assistants (ITA Test of English Proficiency or ITA-TEP) that will provide a less expensive and more convenient way for students to demonstrate their spoken language proficiency in English and readiness to teach in U.S. undergraduate classrooms.

Additionally, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and limited availability of TOEFL and IELTS testing in some parts of the world, the University has authorized the use of student videos from the Duolingo English Test during the 2020-2021 school year to assess international teaching assistant preparedness.

UGA's TESOL and world language education program is excited to serve the University community by developing and offering these new tests.

Who should take these assessments?

Please complete the ITA web screening survey to determine whether you need to register for one of these assessments.

You will need to take these assessments if you have any of the following:

  • A score of 23-25 on the TOEFL speaking test sub-score
  • A score of 7-7.5 on the IELTS speaking test sub-score
  • A score of 115-130 on the Duolingo English Test
  • No score provided due to a previous master's degree at an English-medium university

When will these assessments be available?

Duolingo English test assessment is tentatively scheduled for July 27, August 10, August 19, August 21, and December 17, 2020; and May 17, 2021. The assessment will cost $25.

ITA-TEP testing is tentatively scheduled for August 13, 14, 17, 19, and 21, 2020; December 17, 2020; and May 17, 2021. All assessments will be conducted through Zoom during the 2020-2021 academic year. The assessment will cost $95.

If you have already completed the ITA screening survey, we will be contacting you with instructions on how to sign up for these tests as soon as the application and procedures are finalized in July.

If you have any further questions about the new assessments, please contact us at Questions about UGA's teaching assistant policies and language requirements for international students may be addressed to the assistant director for TA development and recognition in the Center for Teaching and Learning.

Last Updated: 12 June 2020