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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. Starting on June 1, 2018, the fee for the SPEAK Test will increase to $70.00. The first test will continue to be free.

Semester Date Times Place Duration Registration Deadline
Summer 2018 Monday, June 18, 2018 3pm 102 Hecht House (Language Lab) 30 minutes Monday, June 11, 2018
Summer 2018 Monday, July 30, 2018 3pm 102 Hecht House (Language Lab) 30 minutes Monday, July 23, 2018


Summer 2018 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 18, 3:00pm SPEAK Test Registration

July 30, 3:00pm SPEAK Test Registration 


Fall 2018 Registration Instructions

Academic departments will make arrangements for their group of students to take the test.  There will be several SPEAK sessions on Monday, August 20, but it is possible for departments to schedule a session before August 20. 

Departments:  Please contact Dr. Mendoza to reserve a session for your group.

Students:  Please contact your department to find out 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
EAP Program Coordinator
(850) 644-3240


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Dhevathi, India

PhD student in Electrical Engineering

"CIES is a wonderful place. I was assigned a mentor to improve my English communication skills. He was friendly and he also told me many important points about communication. CIES played a major role in performing better on the FSU Speak Test which got me a Teaching Assistant position at the College of Engineering."

I-An, Taiwan

PhD student in Chemistry

"While starting FSU, being a teaching assistant was quite strange for me. However, after attending ITA courses, lots of speaking skills I learned really help my presentations and let me become more comfortable when teaching."