Graduate students for whom English is not the first language must certify their proficiency in spoken English before assuming Graduate Teaching Associate (GTA) duties. They may become certified through the following scores:
- TOEFL iBT Speaking 28 or higher
- IELTS Speaking 8.5 or higher
- Oral Proficiency Assessment 4.0 or higher
Once their official scores are posted in Buckeye Link, they are automatically exempted from the Oral Proficiency Assessment.
Students who have completed both high school and a bachelor’s degree in the U.S. and who have been living in the U.S. for at least 8 years must provide their high school transcript and a timeline of their stay in the U.S. by emailing SEP-Assessment@osu.edu to schedule a meeting to determine whether or not the OPA can be waived.
IELP administers the following tests for Graduate Teaching Associates: