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ITA Language Certification is required by Carnegie Mellon University policy and Pennsylvania law.

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Overview of the ITA Test

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> Understanding the ITA Test Proficiency Levels

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  Overview of the ITA Test

An exam that assesses a candidate's ability to communicate with learners/ people outside their field. The test consists of two parts (both will be recorded):

  1. A conversational interview on various academic topics.
  2. A more formal explanation (roughly 5 minutes) of a topic from the candidate's field (topics are not chosen in advance). The team of raters will ask questions to clarify misunderstandings and to elicit additional aspects of academic fluency.

Language skills assessed include: pronunciation, grammar, the fluency to explain and define academic terms and concepts, and the ability to understand and respond clearly to questions. Teaching skills and knowledge of the field are NOT assessed. See Preparing for the ITA test and Tips for Doing your Best on the ITA test.

ITA test candidates receive one of four scores.

Feedback and Results
Test-takers meet with an ICC instructor to learn their score, review strengths and weakness, get advice about additional language training, and register for Foundations of Fluency for ITAs if required. While the final test score is based solely on language skills, feedback on presentation skills and cultural understanding is also included, but is not part of the final score. Both students and their departments receive copies of the final written evaluations.