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Japanese Teaching Assistant Applicants

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English Language Requirement:  By the time of appointment, students who are non-native speakers of English must demonstrate sufficient ability in English by satisfying the requirements detailed in Graduate School Memorandum No. 15.

To satisfy the requirement you must have either:

  1. A bachelor’s, (NOT a master’s, or doctoral degree) from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or from an institution in Australia, the Bahamas, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, New Zealand, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, or the United Kingdom, OR
  2. have submitted to the University of Washington a currently valid TOEFL Speaking score of 26 or higher, OR IELTS speaking score of 7.0 or higher, OR a VERSANT score of 65 or higher. NOTE: UW is phasing out the acceptance of IELTS scores. Only scores from IELTS tests taken prior to June 1, 2017 will be accepted.

*If you do not fulfill these requirements and are a current student at UW take the VERSANT test OR the University of Washington's ENGL 105: English for International Teaching Assistants as soon as possible. 

**If you do not fulfill these requirements and do not live in the Seattle area, take the TOEFL iBT as soon as possible. 

***If your test scores are high enough to qualify for an appeal interview (as described in Graduate Memo 15) we will contact you to arrange an appeal interview.  These can be conducted by Skype for those not currently in the Seattle area.


Any applicant for a Japanese TA position who is a non-native speaker of Japanese (according to the University of Washington’s definition of native speaker, as defined here, under "English as second language") is highly recommended (although not required) to take the proctored ACTFL OPI test for non-native speakers of Japanese.

To take the ACTFL OPI in Japanese (the oral test only; the WPT is not required):

  1. if you are in the Seattle area you can contact the Office of Educational Assesment on the UW campus.
  2. if you are not in the area you should visit for information on testing times and locations.

Non-Seattle based applicants may take either:

  1. the Official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) or
  2. the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview by Computer (OPIc).

Information on fees, how to prepare for the test, etc., is available at the site. Students must have the test officially proctored. 

Because scheduling and scoring take some time, the committee will consider applications without the OPI score while we await your results. Final decision on these applications will be made once the OPI score arrives. If you plan to submit an OPI score, please attach a note to the front of your application stating the status of the scheduling of your test.

OPI testees should arrange for their OPI score to be sent directly to the department, to the Academic Counselor's attention at