Graduate College English Language Requirements
The Graduate College requires students who are nonnative speakers of English to take or be exempted from the English Placement Test before their first semester. If these students are hired to work as teaching assistants, they must also take the Oral English Certification Test (OECT) before beginning any teaching responsibilities.
English Placement Test (EPT)
If you are a nonnative speaker of English, you must take or be exempted from the English Placement Test (EPT)as a graduate student before your first semester unless you qualify for one of the EPT exemptions below.
The following groups of students are exempt from taking the EPT:
Students who meet the first category of exemptions above will need to submit a form of Graduate English Requirement Approval. The form can be downloaded at http://www.grad-college.iastate.edu/forms/forms.html. Students meeting one of the other categories need not take any action in regard to the exemption.
Oral English Certification Test (OECT)
If English is not your first language and if you are a new teaching assistant, you must take the Oral English Certification Test (OECT) before beginning any teaching responsibilities. For more information, consult the International TA Program Office, 1137L Pearson, (515) 294-1958, firstname.lastname@example.org or http://www.grad-college.iastate.edu/speakteach/testing_information/testing_home.php.