MITAA Assessment

The MITAA (Milwaukee International Teaching Assistant Assessment) is conducted by a panel of three evaluators: one Department representative and two ESL staff members. There is no charge for the MITAA.

You must have a department representative attend your MITAA. You may not take the MITAA exam on your own. You must have permission from your department to register for the MITAA. If you are unsure whether or not you are supposed to take the MITAA, consult with your academic program advisor.

Note: Please, we ask that you do not give a powerpoint presentation. Physical handouts are preferred.

Before your MITAA:

  • Prepare a 10-minute presentation relating to your major geared toward a freshman or sophomore level (100/200 level). A white board is available. Handouts are strongly recommended for the committee (4 copies).
  • Coordinate time slots with a department representative. If you do not know a representative in your department, please contact the ESL office. A department rep MUST attend your MITAA.
  • Contact the ESL office for MITAA time slot availability. Your time will be confirmed with an email from the ESL.

The assessment consists of three components:

  • a short introductory conversation with the panel on topics such as previous academic preparation or familiarity with the U.S. university environment;
  • a presentation of approximately 10 minutes on a self-selected topic related to the field of study and suitable for first or second year undergraduate students;
  • and a question and answer period of about 5 minutes.

The MITAA is recorded and lasts for about 20-30 minutes.

Assessment Criteria

Overall language ability (12 points)

  • pronunciation
  • grammar
  • fluency
  • intonation

Cultural awareness (12 points)

  • familiarity with cultural code
  • appropriate non-verbal behavior
  • rapport with audience

Communication skills (12 points)

  • development of explanation
  • clarity of expression
  • use of supporting evidence
  • cohesiveness
  • eye contact
  • use of visual aids
  • enthusiasm/presence

Interaction with panel (12 points)

  • listening ability
  • responding to questions
  • clarifying information

The candidate is rated on a scale of 48 total possible points.
UW-MITAA: 36-48 – PASS
UW-MITAA: 30-35 – Additional class training required concurrent with TA teaching assignment
UW-MITAA: 29 or less – Additional class training required before TA teaching assignment

Schedule and Registering for MITAA

The MITAA is given four times throughout the year, before the start and at the end of each semester: August, December, January and May. Advance registration is required. To schedule an assessment, come to the Curtin 672 to fill out an application or download the paper form and send it to the ESL Office. The links for the online form and the paper form can be found below. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at esl@uwm.edu.

A Department representative must be available to participate in the assessment.

Department Representatives

If you are a Department Representative and you have not gotten email announcements for MITAAs, please contact us at esl@uwm.edu to be added to the list.