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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 $70.00 for each subsequent test. 

Semester Date Times Place Duration Registration Deadline
Fall 2019 Thursday, October 17, 2019 4pm 102 Hecht House (Language Lab) 30 minutes Thursday, October 10, 2019
Fall 2019 Thursday, December 5, 2019




102 Hecht House (Language Lab) 30 minutes Monday, November 25, 2019


Fall 2019 Registration Instructions and Links

Students may register online using the following links:

October 17, 4:00pm SPEAK Test Registration

December 5, 3:00pm SPEAK Test Registration

December 5, 4:00pm SPEAK Test Registration

December 5, 5:00pm SPEAK Test Registration


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


New Students (August, January, May, June)

Departments will make arrangements for their group of students to take the test.   

Departments:  Please contact Dr. Mendoza (mmendoza@admin.fsu.edu) to reserve a session for your students.

Students:  Your department will notify you when you are scheduled to 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."