Information for test-takers
The U-ADEPT evaluates your oral English skills. Developed and administered by the ELI, the U-ADEPT is a direct and interactive measure of speaking performance.
Before you come for the test, you should
- Choose the concept in your field of study that you would like to teach.
- Plan how you will present it to your audience and prepare your lecture.
What will happen on test day?
Be sure to bring with you to the test:
- Your test registration form
- Your photo ID
When you arrive in 302 Olin Hall for the test, you will meet the two test raters. They will ask you to fill out some paper work, they will check your registration form and your photo ID, and they will set up the audio recording equipment for use during the test. Then the test will begin.
Section 1: Warm-Up
The warm-up consists of introductions and some typical first-encounter small talk. This is not an official part of the test but serves to put you at ease with the test administrators, to give you and the test administrators a chance to become accustomed to each other's speaking styles, and to adjust the recording equipment as necessary. The warm-up takes no more than 3 minutes.
Section 2: Two Informal Discussions
The test includes two informal discussions on topics provided by the test administrators. For each discussion,
- You are given a general topic orally.
- You will have 60 seconds to think and prepare your response.
- You will have three minutes to speak.
During the presentation, the evaluators will interact with you and might ask you for more information to engage you in the natural give-and-take of a dialogue.
Section 3: Two Role Plays
The test includes two role-plays, one in which you attempt to solve a problem and another in which you begin and carry on a conversation in order to get information from another person. One of the test administrators will participate in the role play with you.
For each role play:
- The situation is described to you orally.
- You will have 60 seconds to think and prepare.
- You will have three minutes to speak and interact with another person.
Section 4: Teaching Simulation (15 minutes)
Because the purpose of the test is so you can begin to work as a teaching assistant at UA, the final section is a teaching simulation.
- In lecture format, you will explain one basic concept in your field as if you were teaching a group of undergraduate students with no background knowledge in the topic.
- Your audience (the two test raters), will ask you questions during your teaching simulation.
- You will have a black or white board and an overhead projector available to you; you will NOT be allowed to use a computer or PowerPoint.