SPEAK Test Administration

The Applied English Center assists departments in screening the oral language proficiency of non-native speakers of English who are applying for teaching positions. GTA applicants are required by Board of Regents Policy to submit test scores for the SPEAK Test, the iBT speaking section, or the IELTS speaking section to be eligible for a GTA position.


  • Preparation
    • To prepare for the SPEAK test, we recommend that you enroll in AESP 160: Pronunciation Fundamentals. This 7-week, 1.5 credit class is designed to improve your pronunciation by giving you knowledge of the individual sounds, stress, intonation, rhythm, and other fundamentals of English pronunciation. In addition to classroom practice, you will receive individualized evaluations from the teacher.
  • Registration
    • To register for the SPEAK Test and to schedule a test date, please contact Marcellino Berardo at mberardo@ku.edu.
  • Practice Test
    • Anyone planning to take the SPEAK test is strongly encouraged to preview the test. The purpose of the practice test is to familiarize test takers with the format of the Speak Test.
  • Guidelines

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