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SPEAK Test

Who Needs an English Language Proficiency Test Score?

            IF

  • You are an F1 graduate student
  • English is not your first language*

            AND

  • You wish to have a Teaching Assistantship

            OR

  • You wish to have a Graduate Assistantship that includes:
    • Contact with students
    • The posting of grades

Scores from these English tests may be used to show English language proficiency:

TOEFL iBT - Speaking Section Score
24-25:   student allowed to teach one semester; SPEAK test score of 50+ required to continue teaching
26+:   meets proficiency requirements
Log in to the ETS website and request that your TOEFL iBT scores be sent to the University of Memphis, institution code R-1459. Ask your department to contact the Graduate School office to look up your scores.

IELTS - Speaking Section Score
7.0-7.5:   student allowed to teach one semester; SPEAK test score of 50+ required to continue teaching
8.0+:   meets proficiency requirements
Email a copy of your IELTS Test Report Form to the Graduate School with a note indicating that the score is for your Teaching Assistantship requirements. Ask your department to contact the Graduate School office to authenticate your scores.

PTE Academic - Speaking Section Score
59-66:   student allowed to teach one semester; SPEAK test score of 50+ required to continue teaching
67+:   meets proficiency requirements
Log in to the PTE Academic website and request that your PTE Academic scores be sent to the University of Memphis. Ask your department to contact the Graduate School office to look up your scores.

Duolingo English - Over-All Score (temporary)
116-119:   student allowed to teach one semester; SPEAK test score of 50+ required to continue teaching
120+:   meets proficiency requirements
Log in to the Duolingo English Test website and request for your scores to be sent to The University of Memphis. Ask your department to contact the Graduate School office to look up your scores.

SPEAK Test
45:   student allowed to teach one semester; SPEAK test score of 50+ required to continue teaching
50+:   meets proficiency requirements
A copy of your scores will be sent to you, your department and to the Graduate School by email after your test has been rated.

*You may be asked to provide an English proficiency test score even if English is one of the official languages of your country.  These are handled on a case-by-case basis.

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SPEAK Test Frequently Asked Questions

Read the information below, then send the following information to iei@memphis.edu:

  • Your name
  • Your student ID number
  • Your department
  • Name and email address of department contact who should receive your SPEAK Test score
  • Date and time requested for the practice SPEAK Test (optional)
  • Date and time requested for the SPEAK Test

Tests are scheduled every half-hour. We will reserve the time you requested if it is available.  If alternate times need to be chosen, we will contact you by email.  If you have taken the test previously, you will be required to present proof that you have completed the required official remediation before you will be allowed to take the test. All tests should be completed and scored before the contract deadline set by the Graduate School.

Tests for TA's Teaching Spring 2021
November 2-6, 2020
9:00 - 11:30 am and 1:00 - 3:30 pm
NO SPEAK tests will be administered for the spring semester after January 8.

Tests for TA's Teaching Summer 2021
March 29 - April 2, 2021
9:00 - 11:30 am and 1:00 - 3:30 pm
NO SPEAK tests will be administered for either summer session after April 30.

Tests for TA's Teaching Fall 2021
June 14-18, 2021
9:00 - 11:30 am and 1:00 - 3:30 pm
NO SPEAK tests will be administered for the fall semester after August 13.

Need to Pass the SPEAK Test?

SPEAK Test Prep Course
IEI offers an online, non-credit SPEAK Test Prep Course each semester. Click here for an application and more information.

AUSP 6001 - Accent Modification
This course is an individually directed study of standard pronunciation, stress patterns, and intonation of American English for speakers of English as a foreign language. It is focused toward students who desire to improve their speech intelligibility in American English. Permission of instructor required. (S/U). 1.000 Credit hours. Instructor, John Sandidge (jlsnddge@memphis.edu)