English Proficiency


Proof of English proficiency is not required for admission to Seattle Colleges. However, you can submit English proficiency scores in advance to receive direct placement. Otherwise, you will be tested upon arrival in Seattle to determine program and level placement.

 

University Transfer, High School Completion Plus, and Career Training


If you provide one of the following scores, you will receive a direct placement and be allowed to pre-register.


TOEFL iBT* 64, Writing 17
IELTS 6.0, Writing 5.0
SAT 510 in Reading and Writing
ACT 19 for both English and Reading
TOEFL PBT* 507, Writing 4.0
U.S. high school graduation with GPA of at least 2.0
Completion of English Composition at an accredited post-secondary institution in Australia, Canada (English-speaking provinces), Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States, or Zimbabwe
 

*TOEFL iBT MyBest Scores are accepted.
*The TOEFL PBT is available in areas of the world where the iBT is not offered. Seattle Colleges does not accept Institutional TOEFL scores (ITP) as proof of English proficiency for direct placement.

IP Short-Term Certificate


If you provide one of the following scores, you will receive a direct placement and be allowed to pre-register.

SEATTLE CENTRAL

TOEFL iBT* 56
IELTS 5.5
SAT 510 in Reading and Writing
ACT 19 for both English and Reading
Eltis 220
Eiken 2A
TOEFL PBT* 483
U.S. high school graduation with GPA of at least 2.0
Swedish Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Avgangsbetyg/Slutbetyg fran Gymnasieskola): Grade of 15 or higher in English
Completion of English Composition at an accredited post-secondary institution in Australia, Canada (English-speaking provinces), Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States, or Zimbabwe
 

NORTH SEATTLE & SOUTH SEATTLE

TOEFL iBT* 64, Writing 17
IELTS 6.0, Writing 5.0
SAT 510 in Reading and Writing
ACT 19 for both English and Reading
TOEFL PBT* 507, Writing 4.0
U.S. high school graduation with GPA of at least 2.0
Completion of English Composition at an accredited post-secondary institution in Australia, Canada (English-speaking provinces), Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States, or Zimbabwe
 

*TOEFL iBT MyBest Scores are accepted.
*The TOEFL PBT is available in areas of the world where the iBT is not offered. Seattle Colleges does not accept Institutional TOEFL scores (ITP) as proof of English proficiency for direct placement.

College Bridge


You will be placed in the appropriate level based on the cutoff scores below:


College Bridge 4 College Bridge 5 College Bridge 6
TOEFL iBT 52, Writing 14 TOEFL iBT 56, Writing 15 TOEFL iBT 60, Writing 16
IELTS 5.0, Writing 4.5 IELTS 5.5, Writing 4.5 IELTS 5.5, Writing 5.0
Eltis 202 Eltis 220 Eltis 233
Eiken 2 Eiken 2A Eiken Pre-1
Other Other Other
Approved ESL programs Approved ESL programs Approved ESL programs
     

Upon arriving in Seattle, you will take an English test. If you score above your initial placement, you will be moved to higher levels, including full-time college. If you score two or more levels below your initial placement, you will enroll in classes according to your test results.

 

Other Resources:  Details - Direct College Placement Native English Proficiency How to Send Test Scores

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