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Test of Oral Proficiency (TOP)

Contributors: Bahiyyih Hardacre

No more tests will be given for AY 2012-2013. Registration for the next TOP administration will open in late August. Please check back at our website in August for more information.

The TOP is for international graduate students who plan to work as teaching assistants (TA) at UCLA. No alternatives to TOP are accepted.
 
All non-U.S. citizens are considered international students. This means for example that permanent residents must take the exam. However, international students who hold a bachelor's degree from an institution in the U.S. do not need to take the test (effective since Winter 2013). 

If you are a U.S. citizen or hold a bachelor's degree from a U.S. institution, you are automatically exempt from taking the test. Holding a master's degree from a U.S. institution does not qualify for an exemption. If you believe you should receive an exemption from taking the TOP for any other reason(s), please contact Graduate Division directly.
 
International students who do not hold a bachelor's degree from a U.S. institution must pass the TOP before working as TAs in any department at UCLA. However, students who do not plan to work as TAs at UCLA do not need to take TOP.

NEW TEST-TAKERS: Please take advantage of the links on the sidebar to the left that provide useful information on the format of the exam as well as useful tips for the exam. We do not encourage newly admitted students to take the TOP upon arrival, before they have had interaction with native speakers.

REPEAT TEST-TAKERS: It is highly recommended that test-takers seek counseling from TOP coordinators to review their exam before registering for the exam again.

More detailed information about the exam is available in links on the sidebar to the left. Answers to many common questions can be found in our FAQ page. Should you have further questions, please contact the TOP coordinators. Email is the preferred means of communication. Please be informed that TOP Coordinators do not hold open office hours. 

Soyeon Kim and Jesse O'Dell
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TOP Coordinators
top@oid.ucla.edu
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