By IU Indianapolis policy, international TAs who are being considered for an instructional role in which they will have direct contact with undergraduate students must demonstrate their English proficiency before beginning their appointment. The IU Indianapolis Policy on Oral English Competency for International TAs can be found on the Graduate Office Testing site.

In the SPEAK test, you demonstrate how well you speak English. The test lasts approximately 20 minutes. You will be asked questions by an interviewer on tape. The questions are printed in the test book and the time you will have to answer each one is printed in parentheses after each questions. You are encouraged to answer the questions as completely as possible in the time allowed. While most of the questions on the test may not appear to be directly related to your academic or professional field, each question is designed to tell the raters about your oral language ability. The raters will evaluate how well you communicate in English.