SPEAK Exam Information

Speak Exam Information for International Teaching Assistants

SPEAK (Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit) is a test for evaluating the English speaking ability of non-native speakers of English. At FSU, the SPEAK test is administered by the Center for Intensive English Studies to international students who have been appointed or will be appointed as teaching assistants in an academic department at Florida State University.

Download a Practice SPEAK Test (PDF - Adobe Acrobat or PDF reader required)


The test is offered at the end of each semester. Special arrangements are made with the departments when new graduate students are admitted to a program. The SPEAK test can be administered at the beginning of the semester when new students are admitted to a program. Professors or TA coordinators should contact Dr. Mendoza to make arrangements. If you are a new student, please contact your department to inquire about the schedule for the test.

There is no charge for the first time that a student takes the SPEAK test. However, if a student must take the SPEAK test a second time or more, the student must then pay $60.00 for each subsequent test.

Semester Date Times Place Duration Registration Deadline
Summer 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017


102 Hecht House (Language Lab) 30 minutes Monday, June 12, 2017
Summer 2017 Thursday, July 27, 2017 4pm 102 Hecht House (Language Lab) 30 minutes Monday, July 17, 2017


SPEAK Summer 2017 Registration Links

Please note that you will not receive an automatic email once you register.  You will receive a reminder one week before the test.  

June 22, 3:00pm SPEAK Test Registration

July 27, 4:00pm SPEAK Test Registration 


  • You cannot take SPEAK on both dates.
  • If you took SPEAK on April 27, 2017, you cannot take the test on June 22, 2017.  Please register for July 27, 2017.  


SPEAK Fall 2017 Registration

SPEAK will be offered in August, before the beginning of the semester for newly admitted graduate students who will be teaching assistants in Fall 2017.   Several sessions will be available on the following dates:

August 15, 2017

August 17, 2017

August 21, 2017

Departments:  There is no online registration for this test.  Only students authorized by the department will be able to test.  Please contact Dr. Mendoza (mmendoza@admin.fsu.edu) to book a session for your group of students.

If you have new TAs for Fall who are around this summer, we can arrange to test them in June or July.   

Students: There is no online registration for this test.  Departments make reservations for their students.  Please contact your department to learn when you will take the test.  



The Hecht House is located at 634 West Call Street. The language lab (Room 102) is located on the bottom floor.


For More Information

Dr. Maria Beatriz Mendoza
ITA Program Coordinator
(850) 644-3240


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