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Test of Oral English Proficiency (TOEP)

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.

TOEP Registration

TOEP registration is closed. Registration for summer TOEP will open in early August.

The TOEP is offered at the end of every quarter. Exams are scheduled on multiple dates, and typical schedules are shown in the table below.

TermRegistration OpensTest Dates
SummerEarly AugustMid-August until the Friday before Fall classes begin
FallEarly NovemberLate November through Mid-December
WinterMid-FebruaryEarly March until Spring Break
SpringEarly MayLate 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.

TOEP Results

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.