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Overview of the Test

Preparing for your ITA Test - watch an introductory video on how to prepare.

About the test

The ITA test is a five minute (timed) teaching presentation given to an audience of test raters and other students who are taking the test.  After the presentation is finished, there is a 3-5 minute period for questions from the audience.

The raters consist of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students. If your graduate program sends a faculty representative, that person may also ask questions about your presentation.

The cost of the ITA is $50 and will be billed to your Bursar account. ITA exams are grouped by graduate program and the scheduled time may vary depending upon the number of students registered from each graduate program. The final schedule is usually released the day of the exam. Registration is online (see the Registration tab).

ITA Test Presentation

  • The student teaches a short academic lesson in a chosen field of study.
  • The lesson should be a key point drawn from introductory chapters in a freshman textbook.
  • The test judges how well you can teach, not content knowledge. This includes explaining information and answering questions from the audience.
  • Questions from the audience are the typical kinds of questions that students ask.
  • Questions may come from undergraduates, faculty, or your graduate program representative.
  • Plan (and practice) your presentation to last about four and a half minutes. Practice is the only way to be sure of meeting the time requirement.
  • If you are in mid-sentence when the timer rings, you may finish your sentence, but you will not be allowed to continue beyond just a few seconds after the timer rings.