SPEAK Test F.A.Q.

How do I arrange to take the SPEAK Test?

Is there a charge for the SPEAK Test?

How do I prepare for the SPEAK Test?

How long does it take to get the results of a SPEAK Test?

Do I receive my score?

Can I use this SPEAK score at other institutions?

How are SPEAK Tests scored?

What does my SPEAK Test score mean?

Can I retake the SPEAK Test?

If you have additional questions, please contact the ITA Program Office:
237 Behavioral Sciences Building (BSB), 312-413-2235, itap@uic.edu

 

 

 

How do I arrange to take the SPEAK Test?

To take the SPEAK Test, participants must sign up at least one day before the test date.
To sign up call 312- 413-2235, e-mail itap@uic.edu or sign the registration sheet at the ITA Program Office, 237 Behavioral Sciences Bldg (BSB).
All tests are given  in Scailab, rm 110, Addams Hall.
The SPEAK test requires approximately 40 minutes (the actual test approximately 25 minutes).

Please contact the ITA Program Office, 237 BSB, 312-413-2235,  if you have any questions.

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Is there a charge for the SPEAK Test?

There is no charge for the first regularly scheduled administration of the SPEAK Test or for students completing ESL 401 or other recommended proficiency work. Students may not retest within 3 months without the approval of the ITA Program coordinator, Barbara Boockmeier.

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How do I prepare for the SPEAK Test?
 

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How long does it take to get the results of a SPEAK Test?

Scores are generally ready in 3-5 work days.

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Do I receive my score?

Scores are automatically sent to the home department of the participant and e-mailed to the test participant.

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Can I use this SPEAK score at other institutions?

Scores from SPEAK tests given at UIC are not valid outside of UIC.

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Can I retake the SPEAK Test?

Yes, but  you must wait three months, show evidence of work to improve your spoken English, and receive the approval of the ITA Program Coordinator.  No exceptions will be granted unless there is reason to question the validity of the initial rating.

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How are SPEAK Tests scored?

Each SPEAK test is listened to and rated by two trained raters.

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What does my SPEAK Test score mean?

A score of "50", "55", or "60" is an unconditional pass for UIC.

A score of below "50" results in a recommendation to enroll in ESL 401 - Teaching/Communication Strategies of ITAs.

Although there are very specific criteria, the following is a general interpretation of the meaning of the total score.
 

  1. 60   The participant understood the question, answered appropriately and the rater was able to receive and understand the answer with little effort (native-like efficacy, effective).
  1. 50    The participant understood the question, answered appropriately and the rater was able to receive and understand the answer with reasonable listening effort. The rater may have a question about the answer but he/she clearly knows what to ask for (near native efficacy, generally effective).
  1. 40    Communication breaks down, the participant's answer was not appropriate to the question, or the rater understands the basic idea of the answer but not all the details, or there are several gaps in reception and it would take considerable effort, visual support, questioning to feel that all the necessary information was exchanged (somewhat effective) - one-on-one communication is probably most effective.
  1. 30    The rater catches only words and an occasional idea, or the speaker's constant restarts, hesitations, inappropriate pace or pausing make it extremely difficult to understand, it is not clear what the function of  the response was (not very effective).
  1. 20    The participant did not give any response, the participant's response was not intelligible, or the rater has no idea of the function of the response was (not effective).

 

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