I want to be appointed as a GSI. Do I need to satisfy the oral English proficiency requirement first?
How can I demonstrate oral English proficiency?
What is the Oral Proficiency Test?
What happens if I don’t pass a test?

I want to be appointed as a GSI. Do I need to satisfy the oral English proficiency requirement first?
If you do not speak English as a native language, then yes, you need to demonstrate oral English proficiency before you can be appointed as a GSI. If you have not already done so, fill out the Language Proficiency Questionnaire to find out whether you have already satisfied the language proficiency requirement or if further assessment is needed

How can I demonstrate oral English proficiency?
A passing score of 26 or above on the speaking section of the TOEFL iBT or a passing speaking score of 8 or above on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test taken within the last two years satisfies this requirement. Alternatively, students can demonstrate their proficiency by passing the Oral Proficiency Test (OPT) offered by the Language Proficiency Program at UC Berkeley. The scores on the OPT which satisfy the oral English proficiency testing requirement for GSI appointments are scores of 3- or above in each of the following categories: Pronunciation, Question Handling, and the Final Score.

What is the Oral Proficiency Test?
The Oral Proficiency Test or OPT is a brief teaching demonstration in which you interact with UC Berkeley undergraduates. We can help you prepare for this test so you are ready to perform at your best. Please see the information pages for the OPT.

What happens if I don’t pass a test?
If you want to become a GSI, but do not pass the TOEFL iBT Speaking section, the IELTS test Speaking section, or the OPT, you should plan to take our Language Proficiency Program course (Lan Pro 380) for at least one semester. The course is described on the Developing Your Oral English Proficiency page.