Constructed in 2004, The University of Akron Developed English Proficiency Test, or U-ADEPT, assesses the speaking ability of international teaching assistants at The University of Akron. Graduate students who pass the U-ADEPT are certified as proficient enough in spoken English to provide classroom-related services in their graduate departments.
With the adoption of the U-ADEPT, The University of Akron allows prospective international teaching assistants to demonstrate their ability in spoken English in one of two ways:
To learn more about the U-ADEPT, follow the links below.
Description of the U-ADEPT: Information for Test-Takers - The U-ADEPT consists of four sections: a warm-up, two informal discussions (3 minutes each), two role plays (3 minutes each), and a teaching simulation (15 minutes). Two ELI faculty members administer the U-ADEPT, interacting with the test-taker throughout the 40 minute assessment. If you plan to take the U-ADEPT, read the information for test-takers carefully so that you are prepared for test day.
Testing Schedule, Registration, and Fees - The U-ADEPT is administered by the English Language Institute (ELI) in 302 Olin Hall at various times throughout the calendar year. For current dates, visit the Testing Schedule page. Test-takers should plan on an hour and 15 minutes to complete the pre-test paperwork and the test itself.
Test Results and Score Reports - The U-ADEPT is scored holistically by two test administrators. The test distinguishes 5 levels of speaking proficiency: Near Native, High Pass, Pass, Inadequate Oral Proficiency, and Lack of Oral Proficiency.
In addition to the holistic score, which indicates passing or failing, U-ADEPT test-takers receive useful diagnostic information about their speaking performance. This diagnostic information includes analytical scores about the test-takers' listening comprehension, language use, comprehensibility, communicative competence, and fluency and about their teaching skills.
Within 24 to 48 hours after the test administration, score reports are sent to the test-taker, his or her graduate department, and the Graduate School.
Please note that the U-ADEPT is only for use by The University of Akron. The scores cannot be sent to other universities.