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Learning English and the TSE -
Test of Spoken English

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About the TSE Test

The Test of Spoken English (TSE) measures the ability of nonnative speakers of English to communicate orally in English. The test is approximately 20 minutes long.


Ratings on the TSE

Your performance on the Test of Spoken English indicates how your oral language ability might affect your ability to communicate successfully in an academic or professional environment. TSE scores are used by many North American institutions of higher education to select international teaching assistants, sometimes called ITAs. The scores also are used for selecting and certifying health professionals, such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and veterinarians.

The test requires you to demonstrate your ability to communicate in English by responding orally on tape under timed conditions to a variety of printed and recorded information.


TSE Procedures

On the day of the test, an interviewer on tape will ask you questions. The questions will be printed in the test book, and the time you will have to answer each one is printed in parentheses after the questions.

While most of the questions on the test may not appear to be directly related to your academic or professional field, each question is designed to tell the raters how well you communicate in English.

While the TSE test is given at some TOEFL test locations, it is NOT administered as part of the TOEFL test. It is administered separately.


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