English as a Second Language (ESL) Course Placement

Placement into ESL courses will be determined by TOEFL test scores. The minimum scores are required for possible placement:

  • Internet based test (iBT) score of 46
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 5.5

Students with a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 (or iBT score of 46) will be placed into ESL 203.

Test Cut-Off Scores

Course Placement


ESL 203 and program courses

IELTS 6.0 or higher

Directly into academic program courses

Exceptions to the TOEFL or IELTS: Students may be exempt from submitting TOEFL test scores if one or more of the following requirements are met:

  • Students who have graduated from a U.S. accredited high school with the university approved SAT scores.
  • Students who have successfully completed ENG 121/122 or equivalent at an accredited U.S. college or university.
  • Students who have earned a 4-year degree from a U.S. accredited college or university, or for citizens of the identified countries whose native language is also English.

Both Undergraduate and Graduate students with a TOEFL score of 61 or higher or an IELTS score of 6.0 or higher will be considered college-ready and will be eligible to enroll in academic courses.

Placement Based on TOEFL Scores

Placement in specific courses as a result of test scores will be determined by an International Admissions advisor. Upon successful completion of ESL course(s), undergraduate international students will be placed into ENG 121. Students are required to complete the general ACCUPLACER testing for placement into their academic math courses.

If an undergraduate student has been found exempt upon admission, the student will be placed into ENG 121.

ESL 203: Advanced Grammar and Writing

This course is designed to improve essay writing and grammar skills with emphasis on the needs of International students. Students will be required to expand their writing and grammar skills learned in ESL 101 and apply these skills to selected writing assignments. Students will receive instruction and practice in advanced essay writing, decoding text, grammar usage, and spelling. This course will help students to develop skills about how to think more clearly, organize thoughts in logical sequence, and improve writing skills through prewriting, writing, and rewriting processes. Please note the minimum passing grade is a "B".

These policies are effective for all incoming Spring 2016 applicants and accepted students.