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Students who are non-native speakers of English and do not have a degree from a U.S. institution must pass the SPEAK test before they will be permitted to teach as Graduate Teaching Associates (position code 9183) or Graduate Teaching Assistants (position code 9184). The SPEAK test is not required for students who will be appointed as a Graduate Teaching Grader (position code 9187).

The SPEAK test is administered by the English Language Institute and takes about 20 minutes.

Qualifying for Free English-speaking Training

The university provides you with free English-speaking training if your score a 45 or 50 on the initial SPEAK Test. To qualify, you must take your initial SPEAK Test at the beginning of the Fall or Spring semester. You must also attend 15 or more sessions of the Oral Communication for Internationals (OCI) training and complete the required SPEAK test in that same semester. Failure to attend the required OCI training sessions or complete the SPEAK test at the end of the semester will result in you being charged for the OCI training and SPEAK test.

See "English-speaking Ability for Graduate Teaching Assistants" at Graduate Assistantships in the current Graduate Catalog regarding the details of the university's payment for this training and your responsibilities in order to receive this funding.

Information about the changes to the SPEAK Test and OCI Training is also available on the SPEAK Test and OCI Training Updates flyer.

Testing Schedule

Test Dates and Location Register Registration Opens Registration Closes
August 15, 2017

English Language Institute (ELI) , Building GB, Suite 200   
See UCF Global July 5 August 11
October 13, 2017
Fall 2017 SPEAK TEST 2

English Language Institute (ELI), Building GB, Suite 200
See UCF Global September 22 October 9
December 20, 2017 (Spring 2018 Test 1 - early offering)
English Language Institute (ELI), Building GB, Suite 200
See UCF Global TBD TBD
January 4, 2018 (Spring 2018 Test 1 - for students arriving at UCF after December 20)
English Language Institute (ELI), Building GB, Suite 200
See UCF Global    TBD TBD
March 2, 2018 (Spring 2018 Test 2)
English Language Institute (ELI), Building GB, Suite 200
See UCF Global    TBD TBD

Students must register for the SPEAK Test online at All inquiries regarding the SPEAK Test should be directed to the English Language Institute (UCF Global, GB Suite 200) or phone 407-823-5515. 

For additional information regarding the SPEAK Test and OCI course schedules and registration, please go to the International Affairs and Global Strategies website at



The University of Central Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, master’s, specialist, and doctoral levels. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Central Florida.

Please note the commission's expectation that contact occur only if there is evidence to support significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard. For other information about UCF’s SACSCOC accreditation, please contact the university's SACSCOC liaison in UCF's Office of Academic Affairs.

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