Carnegie Mellon University

ITA Language Certification

Language assessment is required for all nonnative speaking students who want to work as teaching assistants (TAs) at Carnegie Mellon, in accordance with CMU policy and PA law.

Students can satisfy the certification requirement in 1 of 2 ways

 TOEFL Option:

Use this option if you:

  • Have a TOEFL Speaking score that gives you an ITA Certification score which meets your TA job requirements.
Certification score
28 - 30  Pass
26 - 27 Restricted 1
22 - 25 Restricted 2
Below 22 Cannot use TOEFL Option

 

ITA Test Option:

Use this option if you:

  • Do not have TOEFL

  • Do not have minimum TOEFL Speaking score of 22

  • Have a TOEFL Speaking score that gives you an ITA Certification score which does not meet TA job requirements

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The test will determine your certification rating

If you have a condition that may impact your ability to successfully complete the ITA Test, contact Disability Resources at access@andrew.cmu.edu.

 

 

Certification Rating Using TOEFL Speaking

TOEFL 28—30 = Pass

Eligible for all TA duties and sole instructor assignments

TOEFL 26—27 = Restricted I

Eligible for all TA duties

TOEFL 22—25 = Restricted II

One-on-one interactions only (office hours, tutoring, lab assistant)