English Proficiency for International Students Policy

Section: 
Instruction
Policy Number: 
721
Effective: 
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Last Revised: 
Monday, July 18, 2022
Policy: 

The following are English Proficiency Options for Academic Admission Consideration for International Students:

Scores listed are minimums to allow international students to take the CPT/Accuplacer. Placement will be no lower than ENGL 90. Students who submit minimum scores below will not be placed into Intensive English, which is the current policy for TOEFL and IELTS. No advanced standing or credit will be awarded.

Test: Duolingo

SPSCC Recommendation: 95

CEFR Standard Benchmark

B-2

TOEFL

iBT 61

IELTS

5.5

ELS

Level 109 with 80%

IB

Language A English SL 5/HL 5

AP

English Lit or Lang 3

GCE O-Level

English minimum C

PTE

51

STEP/EIKEN

Grade Pre-1/CSE 2304-3000

IGCSE

English minimum C

iTEP

3.5

GTEC CBT

1051 minimum

HKCEE (Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination)

English D/3

HKALE (Hong Kong Advanced Level Exam)

English E

HKDSE Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education

English 3

Smarter Balance

SBA English 3 or 4

ACT

20 Composite English and Reading

SAT

WR/RD470

Australia

HS diploma equivalent/English pass

New Zealand

HS diploma equivalent/English pass

Canada (except Quebec)

HS diploma equivalent/English pass

UK

HS diploma equivalent/English pass

US

HS diploma equivalent/English pass

Ireland

HS diploma equivalent/English pass

Cook Islands

HS diploma equivalent/English pass

Gibraltar

HS diploma equivalent/English pass

Kenya

English C KCSE

  • Yellow indicates English proficiency assessments already accepted for academic admission.
  • Green indicates countries where English is not the official language, but accepted as such in practice.

Proof of completion of high school equivalent from countries where English is the ONLY official language:

Anguilla

The Gambia

 

Norfolk Island

 

Antigua and Barbuda

 

Grenada

 

Pitcairn Islands

 

British Virgin Islands

Guyana

Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha

The Bahamas

Jamaica

 

Saint Kitts and Nevis

 

 

Barbados

 

Jersey

 

Saint Lucia

 

Belize

 

Liberia

 

South Sudan

 

Bermuda

 

Malawi

Trinidad and Tobago

 

Cayman Islands

 

Federated States of Micronesia

 

Turks and Caicos Islands

 

Christmas Islands

 

Montserrat

Uganda

 

Dominica

 

Nigeria

Zambia

  • International students who do not meet the minimum score requirements listed will be accepted into Intensive English only. They will be required to take the LOEP to determine initial placement.
  • International students who meet the minimum requirements listed will be accepted directly into an academic program. They will take the CPT/Accuplacer to determine initial English placement, which is the same procedure for domestic students and international students who submit the currently approved TOEFL or IELTS minimum scores.
  • No transfer credit will be awarded solely based on meeting the English proficiency minimums listed.

 

Purpose: 

This policy is to support the increase international student applications and direct admission to the academic level of study at SPSCC.