The Test of Spoken English™ ( TSE ), is a widely used assessment of spoken English. The Test of English for International Communication ( TOEIC ) is another test that is well regarded. Preparation for oral tests now forms part of the TOEFL Preparation class at St. Joseph's Adult School from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday. Registration is ongoing. More information about the TOEFL course can be obtained by calling the school at (613) 741-6808
"(I) passed the TSE at the first attempt. Attending the TSE class not only helped me study for the TSE, it also made me develop skills and knowledge which are valuable in real life."
What is TSE?
The Test of Spoken English is a standardized test that measures the ability of nonnative speakers of English to communicate orally in North American English.
Adult immigrants at the Intermediate to Advanced speaking level who are preparing for an oral interview or other oral exams or those who simply seek to improve their communication skills will find this course of great value. The course will also help professionals such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, and veterinarians to pass the Test of Spoken English conducted by universities in Canada and the USA.
The Test of Spoken English
The Test of Spoken English (TSE) measures the ability of non-native speakers of English to communicate orally in English. The test is approximately 20 minutes long and includes nine questions.
Your performance on the TSE indicates how your oral language ability might affect your ability to communicate successfully in an academic or professional environment. TSE scores are used by many North American institutions of higher education to select international teaching assistants, sometimes called ITAs. The scores also are used for selecting and certifying health professionals, such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, and veterinarians.
The test requires you to demonstrate your ability to communicate in English by responding orally under timed conditions to a variety of printed and recorded information.
On the day of the Test of Spoken English, a recorded interviewer will ask you questions. Some of the questions will be printed in the test book, and the time you will have to answer each one is printed in parentheses after the questions.
While most of the questions on the test may not appear to be directly related to your academic or professional field, each question is designed to tell the raters how well you communicate in English.
Although the TSE test is given at some TOEFL test locations, it is NOT YET administered as part of the TOEFL test. It is administered separately.
The test is approximately 20 minutes long and is delivered via audio-recording equipment and a test book. A recorded interviewerer leads the examinee through the test and the examinee's responses are recorded. A sample test is available for review.
How are Test of Spoken English scores used?
TSE scores are used by many intensive English programs and North American institutions of higher education to select international teaching assistants. The scores also are used for selecting and certifying education professionals, such as bilingual teachers and overseas beginning teachers of English, as well as health professionals, such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, and veterinarians.
Where is the test given?
The test is administered 12 times a year at centers around the world under strict, standardized procedures deigned to protect the security of the test. The test can be taken once a month on either Friday or Saturday. Check the test center list to see where the test is being given. Every test center is open to every properly registered person regardless of race, color, creed, or national origin.
How can I register?
There are two ways to register: