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English Speaking Test

Beginning with Spring 2018, UCF's English Language Institute will be offering the Versant English Test in place of the SPEAK Test.

Students who are non-native speakers of English and do not have a degree from a U.S. institution must pass the Versant English Test (or the SPEAK test prior to Spring 2018) before they will be permitted to teach as Graduate Teaching Associates (position code 9183) or Graduate Teaching Assistants (position code 9184). The English speaking test is not required for students who will be appointed as a Graduate Teaching Grader (position code 9187).

The Versant English Test is administered by UCF's English Language Institute and generally takes about 20 minutes.

Qualifying for Free English-speaking Training

The university provides you with free English-speaking training if your score between 58 and 68 on the initial Versant English Speaking Test. To qualify, you must take your initial Versant Test at the beginning of the Fall or Spring semester on one of the "Test 1" date(s) listed in the Testing Schedule below. You must also attend 15 or more sessions of the Oral Communication for Internationals (OCI) training and complete the required Versant test (Test 2 in the Testing Schedule) in that same semester. Failure to attend the required OCI training sessions or complete the Versant Test at the end of the semester will result in you being charged for the OCI training and Versant 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 English Speaking Test and OCI Training is also available on the Versant 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 (early offering)
Spring 2018 Versant Test 1
English Language Institute (ELI), Building GB, Suite 200
See UCF Global December 1 December 15
January 4, 2018 (for students arriving at UCF after December 20)
Spring 2018 Versant Test 1

English Language Institute (ELI), Building GB, Suite 200
See UCF Global    December 1 December 15
March 2, 2018
Spring 2018 Versant Test 2
English Language Institute (ELI), Building GB, Suite 200
See UCF Global    February 9 February 23

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

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




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