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Schedule a SETTA

Spoken English Test for Teaching Assistants (SETTA)

The SETTA can be taken once every 12 months by University of Minnesota students to fulfill the Language Proficiency Requirements for Teaching Assistants.  More information about the test and the University of Minnesota's English Language Proficiency (ELP) rating system can be found here.

If you have taken the final exam for the CSE:TALK summer program, GRAD 5105, GRAD 5102, or Foundations, you will need to wait one year from that date to take the SETTA. You also may not sign up for SETTA while you are taking one of the above courses. We recognize that reasonable exceptions to the one-year waiting period may exist. Departments may write Jeff Lindgren at to request exceptions for their students.

Register for the SETTA

You may sign up for a SETTA two or more days before the test date.  The schedule of upcoming SETTA tests is shown in the table at the bottom of this page.  To register please send an email to with the following information:

  • First & last name
  • Department
  • Student ID#
  • Email address
  • First choice of test date and all times available that day (e.g., August 20, 9-10 a.m. or 1-2 p.m.)
  • Second choice of test date and all times available that day
  • Your choice of academic field from the table below

Academic Field Options for SETTA Material

The material you present during the SETTA will be randomly generated from an introductory textbook in the academic field you choose from the list below. If you are unfamiliar with these disciplines, you may request a different academic field at least three weeks before you wish to take the SETTA by contacting Barbara Beers at

  • Aerospace

  • Biology

  • Biomedical Engineering: Anatomy & Physiology, Tissue Engineering, Genomics & Proteomics

  • Biomedical Engineering: Biomaterials, Biomechanics

  • Biomedical Engineering: Bioinstrumentation & Biosignals, Bioelectricity, Biosensing & Bioimaging

  • Chemistry

  • Civil Engineering

  • Computer Science

  • Design, Housing, and Apparel: Design Principles

  • Design, Housing, and Apparel: Apparel

  • Design, Housing, and Apparel: Textiles

  • Economics

  • Electrical Engineering

  • Finance

  • French

  • Geology 

  • Management

  • Mass Communications
  • Mathematics

  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Music

  • Physics

  • Psychology

  • Sociology

  • Special Education

  • Statistics

We will respond promptly to your registration with a confirmation email.

If you must cancel your SETTA test, please email or call 612-625-3041. Your cancellation will allow another person to take the test.


Spring 2018 Test Schedule


Thursday, March 1st 2:50 PM
Thursday, March 8th 3:10 PM and 3:30 PM
Thursday, March 22nd 3:10 PM and 3:30 PM
Thursday, April 5th 3:10 PM and 3:30 PM
Thursday, April 12th 2:50 PM, 3:10 PM, and 3:30 PM
Thursday, April 19th 2:50 PM, 3:10 PM, and 3:30 PM
Thursday, April 26th 2:50 PM, 3:10 PM, and 3:30 PM


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