International Intensive English Program

Improve Your English Before College

SPSCC's Intensive English Program (IEP - 18 credits) will help you improve your English proficiency for use in academics, business, communication, careers, and culture. You will receive personal attention, a conversation partner to improve your speaking, free tutoring, and access to the College's writing center for support with your written assignments. Advantages of IEP include:

  • Learn in small classes with qualified faculty who have experience working with students from around the world.
  • 18 hours of intensive instruction each week
  • No English Proficiency Score is required. Students take the English Placement Test to determine their IEP level during International Student Orientation.
  • Gain direct admission into SPSCC academic or high school completion program after the final level.

There are six levels to the program, from beginning through advanced. Students typically complete the Intensive English Program in four levels or less and begin taking college classes. Students can earn an Intensive English Program Completion Certificate. New terms begin in September, January, April and July. Classes include:

  • Language Conventions and Grammar
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking and Listening

English Placement Test

Students will take an English placement test upon arrival at a new student orientation.  Most international students take the Levels of English Proficiency (LOEP) placement test especially designed for non-native speakers of English. LOEP consists of the following four sections:

  • Reading Skills (20 questions)
  • Sentence Meaning (20 questions)
  • Language Usage (20 questions)
  • Writing section

Students who satisfy one of the approved English Proficiency Requirements may take the standard college placement test and register for academic courses. Students who meet one of these requirements will not be required to participate in the Intensive English Program.