The Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit (SPEAK) was an oral test was developed by the Educational Testing Service (ETS. The SPEAK was administered to non-native English speakers. Its aim was to evaluate the examinee's proficiency in spoken English. It was usually taken as a professional certification, especially for graduate teaching assistants in the American college and university system, who are often required to hold office hours and converse in English with students. It was also used in the medical profession, where communication with patients is required.
The SPEAK test was very similar to the Test of Spoken English (TSE) and was in fact a form of the TSE developed for institutions by using retired forms of the TSE.
Both the TSE and SPEAK were discontinued by ETS after the new TOEFL iBT added a speaking section. The Speaking section of the TOEFL is not available separately from the other sections, but institutions wishing to test speaking skills only may want to use the TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) Speaking Test, also developed by ETS and available as a stand-alone assessment