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English as a Second Language

Placement Testing


If English is not a student's native language, TCC requires the student to take the English as a Second Language (ESL) placement test.

If the ESL placement test results indicate that the student needs ESL instruction, then he/she must successfully complete the required ESL courses before enrolling in academic courses.

TCC offers an intensive ESL program consisting of four levels:

  • Intermediate I
  • Intermediate II
  • Advanced
  • Bridge

Students may be exempt from ESL placement testing if one of the following criteria has been met:

  • Paper-based TOEFL (PBT) score of 587 or higher
  • Computer-based TOEFL (CBT) score of 240 or higher
  • Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) score of 95 or higher
  • IELTS score of 7.0 or higher
  • SAT scores in BOTH Critical Reading and Writing: 500 or higher, taken within the last two years
  • ACT scores on BOTH the English and Reading sections: 18 or greater, taken within the last two years
  • Possession of an American degree (associate, bachelor, master, Ph.D., or J.D.) or the equivalent from an accredited institution located in a country where English is the native language
  • Successful completion* of one college-level English course at a regularly accredited U.S. institution. This course must be equivalent to
    TCC's College Composition I (ENG 111).
  • Successful completion of TCC’s ESL Bridge Courses

* Successful completion is defined as obtaining a grade of C (2.0) or higher.