Do I have to take the ITA test?
If your department wants you to conduct a lab or discussion section-yes, you must take the test. If you will be grading papers or will be a Research Assistant (R.A.), you do not need to take the test.
What is the test like?
The ITA tests your speaking competence in English, your ability to teach, and your ability to answer questions that university students may ask you. The test consists of:
- an interview (5 minutes)
- a “classroom” presentation (5 minutes)
- an announcement
- answering student questions
The test is presented in front of a panel of professors from different departments and other professionals on campus.
What if I don’t pass the test?
If you receive a score of 2 or below, you will be asked to take English classes that correspond to your score. A “passing” score is 3 and above. If you receive a score of 3 or above, you are capable of taking on classroom duties. Sometimes, you may be asked to take LRC 115 (Advanced Diction) even if you get a score of 3. This is done simply to help you improve on a weak area, for example teaching skills.
How many times can I take the ITA test?
You may take the ITA test once each semester until you pass it. The ITA test is given in August in conjunction with the ITA Workshop and again during the second week of January, before spring semester.