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Sample AEOCPT Test

(5-7 Minutes)

In this section of the test, you will be expected to teach the audience about a common term or concept from your field of study. You will have one minute to prepare. If you cannot think of a term, the evaluators will provide you with a list of terms from which you can choose.

The evaluators may interrupt you if they have questions or may ask questions at the end of your explanation. Consider the following questions in order to help you prepare your explanation:

  1. Can you give a formal definition of this term?
  2. Why is this term important in your field?
  3. How will you begin your explanation and be sure that your audience understands what the term is?
  4. Can you make the definition clearer or simpler by using examples, analogies, or drawings?


(5-7 Minutes)

In this section of the test, you will be given a card that describes a role-play that might take place in a TA’s office hours. Imagine the situation and perform the task indicated on the card. Speak as naturally and as accurately as you can. Remember, the evaluators will be interested in the way you express your ideas, not the actual ideas.

Situation: An undergraduate student from your class comes to your office hours to ask for extra credit opportunities to improve his or her grade.  The student works hard, but struggles with the material in your class.  Imagine that one of your evaluators is the student and explain why you will or will not provide extra credit opportunities for him or her.

You will have thirty seconds to prepare. When you are ready, the evaluator will begin the role play.

In the actual test, the role play will NOT be printed in the test book. You will receive a card with the instructions.

(3-4 Minutes)

In this section of the test, you will be asked to give your opinion on a topic related to university life.  One of the evaluators will ask you a question and may ask additional follow up questions.  Say as much as you can when answering each question.

Remember that this is a test of spoken English. Your score will be based on the way you express your ideas, not the actual ideas.

You will have 30 seconds after each question to prepare your answer.

  1. Why did you choose to pursue a graduate degree in your program of study?

In the actual test, the questions in Section Three will NOT be printed in the test book. You will hear them from the evaluator.


(3-4 Minutes)

Directions: In this section of the test, you are to imagine that you have been asked to give a class of undergraduates some information to encourage them to attend an event sponsored by your department. You will be provided with a card that lists the information related to this event.  Be sure to include all important event information in your announcement.

You will have one minute to prepare to present the information listed below. Please note that where it says Your Field of Study, you should say the name of your department.


Announcement of Lecture from Professor Nash

Purpose:  Dr. Nash, a well-known professor in (your field of study] will be giving a lecture on [topic in your field] that is relevant to this course [provide name of class]. 

Date:  Next Tuesday

Time: 2:00 P.M.

Place: Room 116, Mott Building

The talk will last 45 minutes and will be followed by a question and answer period.


In the actual test, you may refer to this information. Please do not simply read it.