2015 Special Schedule for International TAs Combined GTA Training Course

When you arrive: You need to register and attend an international student check-in here.  

Friday, August 10:  Beginning of the Combined Language GTA training course.  Part of this day's orientaition will include completion all outstanding paperwork and orient you to details about your department and OSU.

Tuesday, August 21:  OSU classes begin.

There are tests that must be completed before you can teach at OSU:

Graduate Student ESL Requirements

ESL Composition Placement Test: Incoming international students are required to demonstrate writing proficiency in academic English. Students who do not meet specific exemptions (listed below) will be required to take the ESL Composition Placement Test. If required to take the test, a notification will appear in the student’s Buckeyelink To-Do list. http://esl.ehe.osu.edu/home/testing/graduate-international-students/

Students who have reported the following Test of English scores to OSU (obtained within the last two years) are exempt from the ESL Composition Placement Test.  Scores at these levels–which are higher than those required for admission –indicate that a student has already demonstrated sufficient writing proficiency.


114 or higher

101 or higher and a 28 on the Writing section

TOEFL (computer based)

280 or higher, or

253 or higher and 5.0 on the TOEFL Essay

TOEFL (paper based)

650 or higher, or

610 or higher and 5.0 on the Test of Written English


95 or higher, or

90 or higher and 90 on the writing subscore


9.0 or higher (Overall Band Score)

8.0 or higher (Overall Band Score) and 8.0 Academic Writing module

Citizens of the following countries or regions: Australia, Belize, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, Liberia, United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland), British Caribbean and British West Indies countries, and the United States.

Students who graduated from an academic program at The Ohio State University. A degree from other universities in English speaking countries does not meet this exemption.

Oral Proficiency Assessment (OPA): Graduate students for whom English is not the first language must certify their proficiency in spoken English before assuming Graduate Teaching Associate (GTA) duties. They may become certified through the following scores:

TOEFL iBT Speaking 28 or higher

IELTS Speaking 8.5 or higher

Oral Proficiency Assessment 4.0 (or 3.0 to teach foreign language class not taught in English)  For more information about the OPA please visit http://esl.ehe.osu.edu/home/testing/spoken-english/