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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.

About the Exams

The state of Washington requires that 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 the exam shows you need to improve in any area, you can take the ITA workshop at the IALC, which provides individualized instruction and practice.

The ITA workshop operates in conjunction with WSU’s 16-week semester schedule. The ITA exam may be taken once per WSU semester. For more information, please e-mail



Fill out the registration form

Registration form

You can also get a registration form at the Intensive American Language Center.


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.


Turn In Your Completed Registration Form and Schedule An Exam Time

To submit your form and schedule an exam, please contact:

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

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
Angela Bonner
Kruegel Hall 13

ITA Exam Schedule

The ITA exam schedule will resume for the spring semester in January, 2018 and will be available through March, 2018.