SPEAK Test

SPEAK Test Schedule:

1:30 pm Wednesday, August 9, 2017

1:30 pm Wednesday, August 16, 2017

1:30 pm Wednesday, August 23, 2017

1:30 pm Wednesday, August 30, 2017

4:00 pm Monday, September 11, 2017

4:00 pm Tuesday, September 12, 2017

4:00 pm Wednesday, September 13, 2017

4:00 pm Thursday, September 14, 2017

The SPEAK test is designed to measure the comprehensibility, fluency, grammar, and pronunciation skills of a non-native speaker’s oral English. The 30-minute computer-based test is given several times a year (see SPEAK Test Schedule below). Make a test appointment in-person at the CEE office, located at 1313 The Grove (Surge III), or via e-mail with with bjmills@ucdavis.edu

When you arrive to take the test, you will need to verify your identity with a government-issued photo ID.

FAQs

How do I prepare for taking the SPEAK Test?

 When you register for the test you will receive a pdf copy of the practice test.

Where are tests given?

Locations vary. When you register for your appointment, they will provide you information about the location.

What should I bring to the test?

Your identity will be verified before you are allowed to take the test. Please bring a current photo ID such as:

  1. Passport
  2. UC Davis student ID card
  3. California driver’s license

All other materials will be provided to you. You will not be allowed to bring any sort of backpack, handbag, briefcase, laptop, etc. in to the exam room.

What if I am late to the test?

No one is admitted to the test once the door is closed.  If you are late, you will need to reschedule to another test date.

How are the tests scored?

Student responses are recorded and later scored independently by trained SPEAK Test evaluators. The scores are averaged to become your official SPEAK Test score. There is no pass or fail; it is a scale of low to high fluency. 

How are the test scores used in determination of my hiring?

The score is for informational purposes only. The test is used as an indicator of your command of the English language and whether UCD students may have difficulty understanding you. It is not a reflection of your ability to perform as a TA.

Can the test be retaken?

You may take the SPEAK once per quarter.  If you achieve a 40 or a 45 on the SPEAK, you must take the TOEP test.  You are not eligible to re-take the SPEAK after achieving a 40 or a 45 on the SPEAK test. 

How can I improve my command of English and my test score?

Your SPEAK Practice booklet is a great way to prepare for the test. Arriving early on test day will give you a final chance to review and alleviate some stress. Also, UC Davis has a number of programs to help you improve your proficiency.

How do I get my test score?

Your score will be sent to you via email.