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.
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.
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
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.
Important: 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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