Preparation for International Teaching Assistant (ITA) Exam
 2 minsInternational Teaching Assistant (ITA) Exam
Ref: ITA  ALI, Instructions on online ITA exam  ALI ITA terms  ALI
Interview Contents
 A brief interview in which you talk about your educational experience and interest in graduate studies at USC. (35 minutes)
 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.
 Option to choose ONE of the following tools in your presentation:
 a maximum of 2 power point slides
 a physical blackboard or a white board
 a smart board or Zoom whiteboard
 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:
 Examples (practical and/or personal)
 Analogies (e.g. “The structure of an atom is similar to that of the solar system.”)
 Comparisons and/or contrasts
 Word origin (meanings of prefix, suffix, root)
 Drawings or diagrams
ITA Terms (Electrical Engineering)

Familiar (49): Adder Design, Ripple Carry Adder vs. Carry LookAhead Adder; AM (amplitude modulation); AND gate; bandwidth; bit rate; Boolean expression; capacitance; Circuit analysis; CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) logic; continuous time system; current source; determinant of a matrix; discrete time system; DRAM (Dynamic Random Access Memory); encoder; Flash Memory; flipflop; FM (frequency modulation); FORloop, WHILEloop, recursive function call; fulladder; HalfAdder, FullAdder, RippleCarry Adder; Karnaugh map; Kirchhoff’s current law; Kirchhoff’s voltage law; Laplace transform; Latches, FlipFlops, Counters; linear circuit; Linear equivalence circuit; Logic gate; matrix; Multiplexer; NOT function; Observability; Ohm’s law; OR gate; Phasor diagram; probability density; random variable; randomaccess memory; resistance; ROM (Read Only Memory), RAM (Random Access Memory); Semiconductor; sensor; signal generator; signaltonoise ratio; Synchronous systems – Clock and Clock Skew; Timing analysis of a digital circuit; Transmission gate in VLSI; voltage source
 Known (14): Ampere’s law; diffusion current; error probability; feedback control system; filters (lowpass, bandpass, …); Fourier series; Fourier transforms; frequency response; Impulse of response; impulse response; inductance; modulation and demodulation; packet; step response

Not familiar (21): assembler; assembly language; balanced threephase circuit; Bus Arbitration, Fixed priority vs. Roundrobin priority; electromagnetic wave; FPGAs (Field Programmable Gate Arrays); ground reference; highlevel language; Interrupt driven I/O (input/output) vs. Program driven I/O; localarea network; Maxwell’s equations; Mesh current; Microprocessor; oscilloscope; Potential energy barrier; protocol; resonant circuit; Sinusoidal steadystate analysis; stability criteria; subroutine; widearea network
 Unknown (15): accelerometer; actuator; asynchronous detection; closedloop control; compiler; contentaddressable memory; diode detector; Magnetism; openloop control; Outputrate control; Permeability; recursive filter; rootlocus; Rotating field; Tachometer generator