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International Teaching Assistant Exams

All international teaching assistants (ITA) at Washington State University take an assessment that is designed to measure English Language proficiency and teaching ability to ensure proper teaching placement.

Testing Dates

Exams are currently being scheduled Monday, January 22 – Thursday, March 8, 2018. After you fill out the registration form, your testing date and time will be confirmed via email.

Sharon Fraser-Allen, ITA Exam Coordinator
Kruegel Hall 204
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Office of International Programs
Intensive American Language Center
PO Box 643251
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-3251

About the Exams

The state of Washington requires international teaching assistants be evaluated before their teaching assignments can be approved.

The Intensive American Language Center provides these exams for the WSU Graduate School. Questions regarding exemptions from the exam should be directed to the WSU Graduate School.

Recommendations from the exams will not prevent you from receiving an assistantship. These recommendations are used to identify the kind of work you will be assigned to do in your ITA position.

If you want to take courses to improve your ITA score, please email



Fill out the Registration Form

Registration form

You may also obtain a registration form at the Intensive American Language Center.


Receive a Confirmation email

Once you fill out a registration form with your preferred date and time, you will be contacted via email to confirm your selection or be offered an alternate choice.


Bring a Department Representative Who is an Expert in Your Field

Select an exam time that both of you can attend. The exam schedule fills up quickly, so it is a good idea to have at least two alternate selections. Your department representative will judge the content of your ITA exam.

How to Prepare for the Exam

  • Prepare a 20-minute lecture on a topic in your field. The material should be at an introductory level. Someone who has never taken a class for your major should be able to understand it. Discrete topics are the best choice.
  • Make sure your department representative knows the date and time of your exam.
  • The day of your exam, you and your department representative should come to the IALC main office, Kruegel Hall, Room 13, five minutes before the exam is scheduled to begin.
  • There will be a whiteboard and markers available in the classroom.
  • The ITA exam is designed to rate teaching ability in English without the use of PowerPoint or handouts, i.e., what could be taught to someone walking in to your office. A one-page handout may be used to show graphs/charts that need to be referred to during the lesson. The handout should not be used to convey the content of the lesson. If you would like to provide printed handouts you should bring four copies.
  • PowerPoint and other digital presentations may not be used for the ITA exam lecture.
  • You will be evaluated on your ability to effectively teach and communicate with students in English.
  • Here are some teaching tips:
    • State the learning objectives
    • Explain the material clearly
    • Check for understanding
    • Plan to be interactive and answer questions


Students in Pullman must register at least two business days before their exam date.

Students at the Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Spokane locations must register at least 10 business days before their exam date.


If you have any questions about scheduling, registration, preparation, or your exam results, please contact us. We are ready to help.

Scheduling and Registration
Sharon Fraser-Allen
Kruegel Hall 204