Skip Navigation

Certification Process

Skip Side Navigation

The English Certification Process for Instructing

Choose from the options below, based on where you are at in the certification process.

  • Read about the certification requirements here.
  • Set up an advising appointment by contacting the ETCS Office.
  • Note that advising appointments for the Fall 2020 testing cycle wil be conducted remotely via Zoom.
  • Check the dates for the next testing cycle listed here.
  • The SPEAK Test and the WRITE Test are the screening assessments for the ECC Test
  • Exemption from the screening assessments does not guarantee exemption from the ECC Test.
  • See the chart below to find out who needs to take these screening tests.
  • The screening tests can be taken twice per semester. 
  • The SPEAK Test costs $50 and the WRITE Test is free. The test fees are to pay the test raters.
  • A free coaching session with an ETCS staff member is required for candidates who did not pass the SPEAK or WRITE Test the first time.
Who Has to Take the SPEAK Test?Who Has to Take the WRITE Test?

Candidates with below a 23 on the speaking sub-test of the iBT TOEFL*

OR

Candidates with below a 7.0 on the speaking sub-test of the IELTS*

 

Candidates with below a 20 on the writing sub-test of the iBT TOEFL*

OR

Candidates with below a 6.0 on the writing sub-test of the IELTS*

 

Candidates are exempt from the SPEAK Test if they have the English proficiency scores mentioned above

OR

If they have completed a degree at an accredited college or university in an OU approved English-speaking country.

Candidates are exempt from the WRITE Test if they have the English proficiency scores mentioned above

OR

If they have completed a degree at an accredited college or university in an OU approved English-speaking country.

*ETCS follows the OU Graduate Admissions policy of not accepting "My Best TOEFL" scores. Higher AND more recent TOEFL/IELTS scores can be used in lieu of the scores submitted for an OU application.
  • After completing any necessary screening assessments, the next step is to take the ECC Test, the teaching simulation test for English language certification to instruct.
  • The ECC Test can be taken once per semester. Yearly test dates can be found here.
  • The ECC Test costs $50, to pay the ECC Test panelists.
  • If candidates have met the TOEFL/IELTS or screening assessment requirements and want to take the ECC Test, they should contact the ETCS Office as soon as possible.
  • To retake the ECC Test, contact the ETCS Office before the deadline for the upcoming test cycle.
  • Candidates must complete a free ECC Test review with an ETCS staff member, before registering for another ECC Test. 
  • A few weeks before the ECC Test cycle begins, the ETCS administrator will provide an ECC Test schedule to candidates via email. 
  • If candidates have not received an ECC Test schedule via email but have completed a review of their previous ECC Test, they should contact the ETCS Office immediately.
OU Gate