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English Proficiency

During the International Student Orientation Program, students may take an English language placement test to determine their starting point.

What if I have taken an English assessment test?

If you have demonstrated English proficiency (see below), you may be eligible to enroll directly into college-level English or be placed in advanced English language courses: English for Academic Purposes (EAP). While taking EAP courses, most students can also take regular college classes that do not have an English prerequisite. Students who are placed in EAP will take the English langauge test during the International Student Orientation Program (ISOP) to determine their placement within EAP.

If we do not receive a copy of your official score report or other demonstrated proficiency at the time of admission, you will be issued an I-20 for ESL. Upon completion of ESL or demonstrating English proficiency, you will be issued an Associate-level I-20.

What assessments can I use?

 

TOEFL* (New Scores as of March 2017)

The following minimum scores guarantee placement into:

  • English 101: 70 overall, 20 writing
  • English for Academic Purposes (EAP): 58 overall, 15 writing

IELTS* (New Scores as of March 2017)

The following minimum scores guarantee placement into: 

  • English 101: 5.5 overall, 6.0 writing
  • English for Academic Purposes (EAP): 5.0 overall, 5.0 writing

English 101 or equivalent at another U.S. college

 

Washington State

GPA of 2.0 or higher in English 101 or its equivalent at a Washington State community or technical college guarantees placement into English 102

Other US States

If you have a GPA of 2.0 or higher in English 101 or its equivalent at a college or university outside of Washington State, please submit your transcript for placement review

ELS Language Center

The following minimum scores guarantee placement into: 

  • English for Academic Purposes (EAP): Level 109 certificate

Pearson (PTE Academic Version)*

The following minimum scores guarantee placement into: 

  • English 101: 49 overall, 56 writing
  • English for Academic Purposes (EAP): 46 overall, 49 writing

Step Eiken*

The following minimum score guarantees placement into: 

  • English 101: Pre-1st degree

SAT*

The following minimum score guarantees placement into: 

  • English 101: 460 in Reading and Writing

 

ACT*

The following minimum score guarantees placement into: 

  • English 101: 19 in Reading and Writing

International Baccalaureate (IB)*

The following minimum score guarantees placement into: 

  • English 101: English score of 5, 6, or 7

Advanced Placement (AP)

Students who have a score of 4 or 5 on either the English: Language & Composition or English: Literature and Composition AP exams will receive credit for English 101 and be placed in English 102

Shoreline or Edmonds District High School Grads

GED*

The following minimum scores guarantee placement into: 

  • English 101: 160 or higher

Smarter Balanced Assessment

The Smarter Balanced Assessment is a career and college readiness test administered in Washington State high schools during Junior year (11th grade).  You can use your Smarter Balanced assessment score for placement up to one year after your graduation date. Students must have a minimum score of 3, 4, "Pass," or "College Ready" to qualify for English 101.

Native English Speakers

Applicants who completed primary and secondary school in one of the following countries are considered native English speakers and take the Accuplacer test for English placement. This is the same test given to U.S. residents and citizens enrolling at Shoreline.

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Ireland
  • New Zealand
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

 

Test scores below these levels will not be used in academic placement at Shoreline. All students who are not placed directly into college-level English will take Shoreline's English language placement test during orientation. Assessment tests marked with an asterisk (*) are valid for two years from the date the test was taken.

If you currently have a score report, email a copy to international@shoreline.edu.

If you choose to send an original document to our office, please use the address below. Original documents will not be returned. To have TOEFL scores sent to Shoreline, use our school code: 4738.

Shoreline Community College
International Education
16101 Greenwood Ave N
Shoreline, WA 98133
USA