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English Proficiency Requirement for International Teaching Assistants

For admissions requirements see the English Proficiency Requirement for Admission.

University policy regarding appointing non-native English speaking teaching assistants can be found here.

Non-native speakers of English who wish to be considered for teaching assistantships must provide evidence of spoken English language proficiency. For more information about the English proficiency requirement for International Teaching Assistants, please contact your program of study office, or refer to the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) website: or contact your program of study office.

Minimum Score Requirements for International Teaching Assistantship Consideration*

The following chart provides minimum score requirements for International Teaching Assistantship consideration*:

English Proficiency Test Minimum score required for International Teaching Assistants
TOEFL iBT speaking sub-section score: 24
IELTS (academic exam) speaking sub-section score: 8

* Please note: TOEFL iBT and IELTS scores must be less than two years old from the first day of class at the proposed term of entry in order to be valid. In addition, individual academic programs may require a higher score; contact your proposed program of study office for the minimum TOEFL iBT or IELTS requirement.

Test Information and Instructions for Requesting Official Scores

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

  • Website:
  • TOEFL Services are managed by Educational Testing Services (ETS)
  • Requesting Official Scores: Applicants who have already taken the TOEFL should request the Educational Testing Service send scores to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign using our institution code number 1836.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

  • Website:
  • IELTS is jointy owned by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL), British Council and IDP Education Australia: IELTS Australia.
  • Requesting Official Scores: Applicants who have already taken the IELTS should request that IELTS send scores to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.