Test of Oral English Proficiency (TOEP)

Check out the TOEP Information Series on YouTube to learn more about the TOEP - what test takers need to do to prepare, what happens during the test, how the test is scored, and more!

About TOEP

The TOEP is used to test the oral English ability of non-native English speaking graduate students in order to determine their eligibility for working as teaching assistants (TAs). TAs need to have exceptional oral English skills so that they can effectively communicate with students. The TOEP assesses these communication skills with a 20-minute classroom simulation.

TOEP Schedule

The TOEP schedule for the end of Fall Quarter will be available in November.

  • Students must register for the TOEP at least one week prior to the exam date.
  • The TOEP is offered at the end of each quarter.
  • It is recommended that students take the TOEP as early as possible and not wait until the quarter before they want to work as a TA.
  • TOEP Registration is first come, first served.
  • Students who register early will have the best opportunity to find a time that works the best for their schedules. IAE cannot accommodate every student's individual schedule, so students need to plan ahead and register for the TOEP as early as possible.
  • Registration closes seven days before each exam date.
  • TOEP scores are made available to all test takers and their departments about a week after the test date.

TOEP Registration

The TOEP schedule for the end of Fall Quarter will be available in November. You cannot register for the TOEP at this time.

Registration Steps 

  1. Register for a test session using this calendar. When you register, you will be asked the reason for your appointment. You can just enter "TOEP" as the appointment reason.
  2. Read about the TOEP and how to prepare for it using the TOEP OverviewNote: Students who have not sufficiently prepared for all parts of the TOEP will not be permitted to take the test.
  3. Download the document for part 2.
  4. Prepare for the TOEP. You may want to meet with an IAE Language & Culture Coach to practice.
  5. Report to 1350 The Grove 15 minutes prior to your testing appointment. Bring your copy of the document for part 2 and your Student ID.

Supplemental content

TOEP Resources

Students with Disabilities

Please contact us at iae@ucdavis.edu if you have a documented disability and need accomodations during the TOEP.

For more information about disability services, please visit the UC Davis Student Disability Center.