Am I eligible for the SPEAK assessment?

Yes, you are eligible

  • Have you taken the SPEAK or OPA2 before and scored less than 50?

YES, you are eligible, but remember the Graduate School will only pay for three (3) total attempts at either the SPEAK or the OPA2. You are responsible for paying for assessments beyond three (3).

  • Are you an incoming graduate student who has never taken the SPEAK but has scored 24 or 25 on the TOEFL iBT oral section?

YES, you are eligible, but remember the Graduate School will only pay for three (3) total attempts at either the SPEAK or the OPA2. You are responsible for paying for assessments beyond three (3).

  • Are you Professional School student, but not a PhD student, who is planning on being a Teaching Fellow?

YES, you are eligible, but you must pay for the cost of the assessment yourself.

 

No, you are not eligible

  • Are you an incoming student who has scored 26 or higher on the TOEFL iBT?

NO, you are not eligible. You have met Yale’s minimum English language proficiency requirement. However, we strongly recommend that you take advanced ELP Courses for professional development and preparation for future employment.

  • Are you an incoming student who has received a waiver from the Graduate School because you have received a bachelor’s degree from an English-medium institution?

NO, you are not eligible. You have met Yale’s minimum English language proficiency requirement. However, we strongly recommend that you take advanced ELP Courses for professional development and preparation for future employment.

  • Are you an incoming student who has never taken the SPEAK but has scored 23 or less on the TOEFL oral section?

NO, you are not eligible. We strongly recommend that you take ELP Courses before attempting the SPEAK. See the English Proficiency Pathways for more information.

  • Are you an incoming student who has never taken the SPEAK, has scored 23 or less on the TOEFL oral section and are currently enrolled in Speaking Fluently 1 or 2?

NO, you are not eligible. We strongly recommend that you take ELP Courses before attempting the SPEAK. See the English Proficiency Pathways for more information.

  • Are you an incoming Humanities student who has never taken the SPEAK?

NO, you are not eligible. We strongly recommend that you take ELP Courses and take SPEAK one year before you expect to teach. See the English Proficiency Pathways for more information.

  • Are you currently taking the ELP course Teaching in the American Classroom?

NO, you are not eligible. You will take the OPA2, a SPEAK alternative, as the final assessment in your course.

  • Are you a graduate student, who is planning on being a foreign language Conversation Partner?

NO, you are not eligible and do not, at this time, need to demonstrate English language proficiency to function as a foreign language Conversation Partner.