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Spoken English Proficiency for Employment


OSU policy requires all persons for whom English is a second language to demonstrate an acceptable level of spoken English before being employed in an instructionally related capacity, including laboratory teaching assignments. Graduate students who serve only as laboratory assistants (e.g., setting up and/or maintaining equipment) are not required to comply with these provisions. See ITA policy page for specific policy requirements for the International Teaching Assistant Exam. Any new international teaching assistant (ITA) is required to have a qualifying score of 26 or greater on the speaking portion of the iBT, 8.5 on IELTS or to pass the ITA Exam prior to being approved for instructional assignments. Students who submitted PTE Academic scores must take the ITA exam. All new ITAs are also required to participate in the international teaching assistant orientation. See the ITA Exam overview page for specific policy requirements.



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