Preparation for International Teaching Assistant (ITA) Exam

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International Teaching Assistant (ITA) Exam

Ref: ITA - ALI, Instructions on online ITA exam - ALI ITA terms - ALI

Interview Contents

  1. A brief interview in which you talk about your educational experience and interest in graduate studies at USC. (3-5 minutes)
  2. An explanation of a term or concept (approximately 7 minutes). Two terms or concepts will be sent to you 24 hours prior to the exam so that you can prepare a simulated classroom presentation on one of those terms or concepts.
  3. Option to choose ONE of the following tools in your presentation:
    1. a maximum of 2 power point slides
    2. a physical blackboard or a white board
    3. a smart board or Zoom whiteboard
  4. The examiners will act as students and will ask questions about the term.

Presentation Contents

In addition to providing a definition and explaining the importance of your term, it is recommended that your presentation include one or more of the following:

  1. Examples (practical and/or personal)
  2. Analogies (e.g. “The structure of an atom is similar to that of the solar system.”)
  3. Comparisons and/or contrasts
  4. Word origin (meanings of prefix, suffix, root)
  5. Drawings or diagrams

ITA Terms (Electrical Engineering)

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