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SPEAK TEST

You must take the SPEAK test and score 50+ on it 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

However:

Students who have scored 26 or higher on the speaking portion of the TOEFL iBT are not required to take the SPEAK test. A score of 23 - 25 on the speaking portion of the TOEFL iBT is equivalent to a score of 45 on the SPEAK test.  Students scoring in this range can teach for one semester but must take the SPEAK test before further teaching.  At this time IELTS speaking scores are not being accepted as proof of English speaking ability for assistantships. 

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

SPEAK Test Frequently Asked Questions

Sign Up for the SPEAK Test

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

  • Your name
  • Your student ID number
  • Your department
  • Date and time requested for the practice SPEAK Test (optional)
  • Date and time requested for the SPEAK Test

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.

SPEAK Test --- For Fall 2014

All tests should be completed and scored before the contract deadline set by the Graduate School.  The fall deadline is August 1.  NO SPEAK tests will be administered for the fall semester after August 15.

SPEAK Tests are scheduled every half-hour from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m

  • July 14-18

Practice tests are scheduled every half-hour from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

  • July 14-17

SPEAK Test --- For Spring 2015

All tests should be completed and scored before the contract deadline set by the Graduate School.  The spring deadline is December 1.  NO SPEAK tests will be administered for the spring semester after January 9.

SPEAK Tests are scheduled every half-hour from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m

  • November 10-14

Practice tests are scheduled every half-hour from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

  • November 10-13

SPEAK Test --- For Summer 2015

All tests should be completed and scored before the contract deadline set by the Graduate School.  The summer deadline is May 1.   NO SPEAK tests will be administered for the first or second summer sessions after May 22.

SPEAK Tests are scheduled every half-hour from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

  • April 20-24

Practice tests are scheduled every half-hour from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

  • April 20-23

 

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