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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

SPEAK Testing Register Registration Opens Registration Closes
August 16, 2016

English Language Institute (Global UCF Suite 200)         
See the IAGS website July 25 August 12

November 18, 2016
English Language Institute (Global UCF Suite 200)

See the IAGS website November 1     November 16
January 4, 2017
SPEAK TEST 1 (Spring)

English Language Institute (Global UCF Suite 200)         
See the IAGS website December 1 December 16
April 7, 2017
SPEAK TEST 2 (Spring)

English Language Institute (Global UCF Suite 200)        
See the IAGS website March 20 April 5
May 5, 2017

English Language Institute (ELI) , Global UCF Suite 200   
See the IAGS website April 17 May 3

Students must register for the SPEAK Test online at All inquiries regarding the SPEAK Test should be directed to the English Language Institute (Global UCF 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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