Test of Oral English Proficiency (TOEP)
The Test of Oral English Proficiency (TOEP) is an exam used to determine whether prospective TAs have met the TA/AI Language Requirement. It is a 20-minute classroom simulation in which test takers introduce themselves to a class, highlight key information from a sample course document, and deliver a mini-lesson on an academic topic of their choice.
The TOEP is offered on multiple dates at the end of every quarter. Registration opens a couple weeks before the first exam date of each term. The below table shows the approximate timing for each quarter.
|Term||Registration Opens||Test Dates|
|Summer||Early August||Mid-August until the Friday before Fall classes begin|
|Fall||Early November||Late November through Mid-December|
|Winter||Mid-February||Early March until Spring Break|
|Spring||Early May||Late May through Early June|
If you are trying to register for an exam and all of the appointment times are full, we will add more appointment times if you contact us in advance. The deadlines to contact us to guarantee an exam for each quarter are:
- Fall: November 30
- Winter: February 28
- Spring: May 31
- Summer: August 31
If you would like to receive an email when registration opens for future exam periods, please join our email list.
Results are generally available within one week and are emailed to the test taker and entered in a university database where hiring departments can view them. There are three possible scores: Pass, Conditional Pass, and Fail.
Test takers receive sub-scores in six different categories: Phonetic and Phonological Competence, Fluency and Speech Flow, Grammatical Competence, Lexical Competence, Rhetorical Organization, and Question Handling. For an overview of each category, please watch the TOEP info videos at the top of this page.
Students with Disabilities
Please contact us if you have a documented disability and need accommodations during the TOEP. Test takers generally stand for the duration of the 20-minute exam, but sitting is also an option. Just notify the staff when you check in if you would like a chair. For more information about disability services, please visit the UC Davis Student Disability Center.