How can an international graduate student demonstrate English language proficiency?
There are four ways a student can fulfill the English language requirement. Any of the following will fulfill the language requirement.
There are three possible outcomes:
- Fully certified – The graduate student may be given full teaching responsibilities
- Certified with qualifications – Depending on a department’s internal guidelines, the graduate student may possibly be able to teach lab classes, tutor, teach online classes where speaking is not required and/or be a grader.
- Not certified – students not attaining the scores presented below, may not be given any type of teaching responsibilities.
1. SPEAK test - The SPEAK Test is administered on the ASU Tempe campus by Global Launch multiple times a year. Only SPEAK scores from Global Launch are allowed.
Scores: full certification = 55+ certified with qualifications = 50
2. IELTS test – Speaking section score only
Scores: full certification = 8 certified with qualifications = 7.5
3. TOEFL iBT – Speaking section score only
Scores: full certification = 26 certified with qualifications = 24
(Please note that the scores referred to above are only valid for a period of two years.)
4. ITA Teacher Training Course — In the last 6 years, 76% of the students taking this course have been fully certified, 22% have been certified with qualifications and 2% have not been certified to teach.
Important information about TOEFL waivers -The TOEFL waiver offered to students for admission purposes does not extend to spoken English certification. To become certified to teach, demonstrating spoken English comprehensibility through one of the four above-mentioned methods is required.
ITAs teaching foreign language classes in which they primarily teach in the target language may be certified with a score of 50 on the SPEAK test, a 7.5 on the speaking portion of the IELTS, or a score of 24 on the speaking portion of the TOEFL iBT.