Carnegie Mellon University

Preparing for the ITA Test

Commonly Asked Questions

No, you do not. There is no single workshop that is appropriate for all students. Focus on the language skills you most need to develop. For example, one student may need to improve grammar, while another student lacks teaching fluency. These two students would need different programs of study at ICC.
Students should attend a Language Support Orientation when they begin their studies at CMU.
Some students can get a high score on the test their first week at CMU, while others need to attend language work for several semesters or even years.
Learning a language takes time and repeated practice. Students may need to attend a workshop or seminar more than once to improve a particular skill area.
No, not necessarily. First, one-on-one conversation with someone from your field can rely on technical language or jargon. Students, however, are often unfamiliar with technical terms and concepts, need simple and clear explanations, and expect examples that clearly illustrate theoretical concepts.
Students are rated on pronunciation, grammar usage, academic fluency, listening and question handling, and overall comprehensibility. Students are not assessed on academic knowledge nor on teaching skills (although we give feedback on presentation skills and cultural knowledge to help candidates improve their communication skills).
Before asking to retest, students need to have attended a significant amount of language classes. Typically students require 25 - 35 hours of ICC work, sometimes for several semesters, to move to a higher score.