SPEAK® Testing Schedule

SPEAK® Test Registration

Students can register for the SPEAK® by emailing Sara Tipton at s.tipton@wayne.edu

SPEAK® Test Schedule 2019

Date Day Time
January 3 Thursday 12:30 p.m.
March 1 Friday 9:30 a.m.
April 5 Friday 9:30 a.m.
May 3 Friday 12:30 p.m. 
June 14 Friday Noon
August 20 Tuesday multiple times throughout the day
November 29 Friday 9:30 a.m.


SPEAK® Test Preparation

All prospective graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) whose native language is not English must pass the SPEAK® test with a score of at least 50 (out of 60) to be cleared for teaching. A score of 45 allows you to teach while enrolling in an international GTA course, ELI 0520. A score below that means you cannot teach, but you may retake the SPEAK® test at a later date.

About the test, test facility, test conditions:
The SPEAK® test is the institutional form of the original Test of Spoken English (TSE®); the format is the same, but SPEAK® test scores can only be used at Wayne State University. It is a 20-minute exam, with 12 questions asking you to do a series of tasks, such as giving directions, describing pictures or a graph, making an announcement and answering some general questions. The questions are not related to your academic discipline. The raters will evaluate how well you do these tasks and how clearly you speak English.

The test will be administered in a computer lab in Manoogian Hall. You will not need to click, scroll or write anything other than sign your name; you will wear headphones and speak into a microphone as you look at the test booklet and hear the test questions. Raters will then evaluate your oral skills by listening to what you have recorded.

Practice materials

  1. Note a practice test on the following website: http://cte.illinois.edu/testing/pdf/TSE_SampleTest060906.pdf
  2. There is one test prep book available: Toward Speaking Excellence, 2nd Edition. By Dean Papajohn, University of Michigan Press, 2005. ISBN 0472030868

Payment for the test
The department must pay the $50 test fee if you have signed a GTA contract, according to University Policy. Otherwise, you may pay by cash or check made out to Wayne State University.

Where to go/What to bring
Please arrive at least 5 minutes before your test time and wait outside room 367 Manoogian to be checked in. You must present one form of photo identification (passport, driving license, WSU One Card, etc.) to be admitted to the test.

If you have further questions, please contact Sara Tipton, Coordinator for ITA Testing and Training, by email at s.tipton@wayne.edu or by phone at 313-577-7706.