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English Proficiency

English assessment tests are not required for admission

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

What if I have taken an English assessment test?

If you have taken one of the following English assessment tests in the last 2 years (see below), you may be eligible to enroll directly into college-level English or get placed at a higher ESL level.

If we do not receive a copy of your official score report 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 eligible to take college-level classes and can be issued an Associate-level I-20.

You must provide an original* official score report seven days before orientation, or you will be asked to take our English placement test on the first day of orientation. 

*Original documents are those sent directly by the testing company to our office or forwarded to us by you. Original documents will not be returned.

If you have received the following minimum scores within the last two years, you can enroll directly into college-level English (ENGL 101):

  TOEFL IELTS (academic) STEP EIKEN Pearson (academic)
Overall Score 72 (iBT) 6.0 Pre-1st degree 49
Writing Score 21 (iBT) 6.0 N/A 56

If you have received the following minimum scores within the last 2 years, you can enroll directly into some college-level courses in addition to ESL or EAP (English for Academic Purposes):

If you have received the following minimum scores within the last two years, you are ensured a minimum placement into ESL 080 - College Bridge A or higher; however, you will still need to take Shoreline's English placement test upon arrival.

  TOEFL IELTS (academic) Pearson (academic)
Overall 65 (iBT) 5.5 46
Writing 18 (iBT) 5.5 49

Test scores below these levels will not be used in academic placement at Shoreline. Placement will be determined by your score on Shoreline's comprehensive diagnostic English placement test, given after arrival on campus.