Explanation of the Codes Used in the
Final Evaluation of the TEPAIC and the Appeal Exam
When the candidates complete the oral
test, they must receive one of the three passing ranks for both
the Oral Interview in order to be certified for teaching. If
they receive a failing rank for the Oral Interview, their
English will not be “certified” for the purpose of “engaging in
the direct instruction of undergraduate students.”
Since cases of “borderline” passes
inevitably occur (“C3” below), and since decisions about cases
near the cut-score are less reliable than decisions for cases
far from the cut-score (i.e., clear passes or clear failures—for
example, see “C1” and “C2” below.), the degree of certainty of
the raters’ decisions is explicitly reflected in score reports
that specify the degree of pass for successful candidates. This
procedure serves a function similar to that of “confidence
intervals” for standardized tests with fixed-response formats.
The final ranking codes are given below.
Explanations of the Final Ranking Codes
Sent to Departments
C1 (Certification level 1 – Outstanding Certification).
C1 candidates have achieved outstanding results in the oral
interview. If these candidates are hired, we predict, based on
their exam results, that English will not be a problem in the
classroom nor will it hinder communication of ideas between
instructor and students.
C2 (Certification level 2 –
Satisfactory Certification). C2 candidates have
received satisfactory results on the exam. If these candidates
are hired, we predict, based on their exam results, that English
will not be a problem in the classroom nor will it hinder
communication of ideas between instructor and students.
C3 (Certification level 3 –
Adequate Certification). C3 Candidates have passed the
exam with minimal/marginal scores. We predict that if these
candidates are hired, there may be complaints from students. We
suggest that the AI’s classes be carefully supervised by a
faculty member who can monitor student response and be
responsible for guiding the instructor during the course. The
candidate’s English proficiency level might occasionally hinder
communication with students, especially if the students are
unwilling or unable to extend themselves to try to understand
In some of these “borderline” cases, it is
possible that the candidates would pass the exam one time, but
not the next time. As with any exam, “borderline” results may
vary somewhat from one administration to the next.
NC4 (Not Certified). Candidates who receive a score of
“NC4” do not yet have an English proficiency level high enough
for “the direct instruction of undergraduate students.” These
candidates are not qualified to teach, lead classroom
discussions or issue course grades. They may, however, with a
waiver from the Dean of Faculties, be hired to assist a faculty
member by performing such tasks as answering individual student
questions in a lab where a faculty member is present, passing
out papers in large lecture sections, helping to correct and
evaluate tests, and conducting some tutorials and one-on-one
meetings with students outside of the classroom setting.
NC5 (Not Certified) Candidates who
receive a score of “NC5” are not certified to engage in any
phase of instruction.
These results are sent as soon as possible
to the Graduate School and the Dean of the Faculties and the
department which has supported the candidate by sending a memo
of intent to hire.