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All international graduate students who are offered or considered for a teaching assistantship are required to take the Oral English Certification Test (OECT). The OECT consists of 2 parts - the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and the TEACH teaching simulation.
Test-takers' performance is scored by 3 raters. The raters individually assign a score for the overall comprehensibility and effectiveness of each test-taker's spoken language and listening ability. Based on the scores for OPI and TEACH, the results are reported to students and departments as one of 4 possible levels of certification:
Students in these 4 categories are each appointed to different teaching duties. Potential ITAs who demonstrate sufficient English proficiency on the TOEFL IBT, IELTS, or TSE are exempt from taking one or both sections of the OECT. For detailed exemption criteria, see Who Needs to Take OECT.
The English Placement Test (EPT) is required of all incoming students whose first language is not English. This test is a different from OECT. For more information about the test, click here.