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.

Before your MITAA:

  • Prepare a 10-minute presentation relating to your major geared toward a freshman or sophomore 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, either fill out the MITAA registration form online via a Qualtrics form 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

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

Registering for ITA courses:

If you wish to register for an ITA course, please click here. Costs and course availability will be determined by the university after the assessment. After registering via this form, you will be contacted at a later date with additional information regarding your specific ITA course.