Interpreting OEAI Scores

Examinee OEAI Score Access:

Within two weeks after an OEAI exam, examinees will receive an email with their scores and information on how to interpret the scores. If you do not receive the email within two weeks after your OEAI exam date, contact If you took the English Proficiency Interview (EPI) before 2023 and need your score report, please contact your department.

Academic Unit OEAI Score Access:

Academic units will also receive their students' OEAI scores within two weeks after the exam date. Starting in June 2023, the scores will also be accessible through the OEAI registration form by whomever completed the initial registration for a student. Academic units needing assistance locating a specific score should contact

    Score Interpretation

    The OEAI assesses oral English proficiency using a global rating scale that addresses overall communicative ability for teaching.

    Score Interpretation





    Communication is consistently effective, causing little listener effort

    Passed; student is permitted to be a TA with no restrictions


    Communication is generally effective, and weaknesses do not distract from listener comprehension.


    Communication is generally effective, though there may be isolated weaknesses which can and should be strengthened in ESL 508 concurrently with teaching.

    Conditional Pass; student is required to successfully complete ESL 508 during or before the first semester of teaching


    Communication is somewhat effective but difficulties which cause listener effort are noticeable.

    Did not pass. Student is not permitted to be a TA. Student must engage in oral English improvement initiatives and retake the OEAI, or obtain a qualifying speaking score on the TOEFL or IELTS


    Communication is marginally effective but requires substantial listener effort.


    Communication is generally not effective.

    *Students who receive a 4CP, 5, or 6 on the OEAI must attend the Graduate Academy for College Teaching prior to teaching their first semester. All scores are final and not subject to appeal.

    Evaluation Criteria

    To arrive at a global score, the OEAI evaluates examinees' speaking ability in terms of the following five features:

    • Fluency: Delivery is smooth. Frequency of hesitations and re-starts that interrupt the flow of conversation is minimal. Speaker can speak beyond the phrase and sentence level without needing to collect thoughts.
    • Pronunciation: Speech is intelligible. Speaker displays a full and consistent sound system, utilizes intonation and prosody for communicative effect, and gives stress and prominence to appropriate syllables and words. 
    • Language Control: Speaker is able to use a wide range of vocabulary and grammatical structures appropriately in teaching contexts.
    • Coherence and Pragmatics: Speaker is able to develop ideas with elaboration and sufficient supporting details. Speech is well-structured and consistently coherent. Speaker displays strong command of communication strategies and can balance turn-taking.
    • Comprehension: Speaker is able to understand interviewer's questions and negotiate for meaning when communication breaks down.