English Proficiency

Proof of English proficiency is not required for admission to Seattle Central. All admitted students are tested for English proficiency upon arrival at Seattle Central to determine program and level placement.

Students who prefer to be placed directly in a college program can provide proof of English proficiency in advance, as noted in the “College programs" section below. These students will not need to take an English placement test on arrival in Seattle, and will be allowed to pre-register.

Students who prefer to be placed directly in College Bridge 4 or Advanced English 4 can provide proof of English proficiency in advance, as noted in the “College Bridge / Advanced ESL” section below. These students will still be tested on arrival to determine whether they can be placed in levels higher than College Bridge 4 or Advanced English 4.

College programs

College Transfer, High School Completion, B.A.S., or Professional/Technical:

- TOEFL PBT* 507, writing 4.0
- TOEFL iBT 64, writing 17
- IELTS 6.0, writing 5.0
Placement in both
ENGL 099 and ENGL& 101
- TOEFL PBT* 520, writing 5.0
- TOEFL iBT 72, writing 18
- IELTS 6.0, writing 5.5
- SAT 460 for both Reading and Writing (before March 2016)
  SAT 510 in Reading and Writing (March 2016 and later)
- ACT 19 for both English and Reading
Placement in ENGL& 101
- 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 Credit for ENGL& 101

IEP Short-Term Certificate:

- TOEFL PBT* 483
- TOEFL iBT 56
- IELTS 5.5
- SAT 460 for both Reading and Writing (before March 2016)
  SAT 510 in Reading and Writing (March 2016 and later)
- ACT 19 for both English and Reading
- 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

*The TOEFL PBT is available in areas of the world where the iBT is not offered. Seattle Central does not accept Institutional TOEFL scores (ITP) for proof of English proficiency.

College Bridge / Advanced English

The scores below guarantee students placement in College Bridge 4 / Advanced ESL 4:

- TOEFL PBT* 470, writing 3
- TOEFL iBT 52, writing 14
- IELTS 5, writing 4.5
- Other
- Approved ESL programs

*The TOEFL PBT is available in areas of the world where the iBT is not offered. Seattle Central does not accept Institutional TOEFL scores (ITP) for proof of English proficiency.

After arriving in Seattle, students will take an English test like all other students who do not qualify for a direct placement in a college program. Depending on their results, students may be placed in a level higher than CB4 / ADV4, including CB5 / ADV 5, CB6, or full-time college.

Students whose placement scores indicate Reading, Writing, or Listening proficiency two levels below College Bridge 4 / Advanced ESL 4 will be placed in our Intensive ESL program and will not be placed in College Bridge 4 / Advanced ESL 4.

 

Additional information about English proficiency requirements:

How to send English proficiency scores

Scanned/emailed/faxed copies of official score reports are accepted. Scores are verified with test providers before the student's English proficiency status is changed.

Students already admitted who obtain new / updated proof of English proficiency can submit it to the IEP Office up to two weeks before the first day of the quarter.

To order reports from test providers, students should use the institution codes below:

TOEFL - 4741 (test scores valid for 2 years)
SAT - 4033 (test scores valid for 3 years)
ACT - 4475 (test scores valid for 3 years)
IELTS - IELTS does not use institution codes. When ordering a report, indicate the following:
Seattle Central College
International Education Programs
1701 Broadway, BE1113
Seattle, WA 98122
(Test scores valid for 2 years)

How to claim native English proficiency

Applicants who completed both primary and secondary education in one of the following countries can claim native English proficiency:

- Australia
- Canada (English-speaking provinces)
- Ireland
- Kenya
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom
- United States
- Zimbabwe

Applicants must provide the names and dates for all the primary and secondary schools they attended along with the rest of their application materials.

Like other students admitted to our programs, native English speakers will take a placement test upon arrival in Seattle, then register for classes according to their results. Native English speakers will take the same test given to U.S. residents and citizens enrolling at Seattle Central.

To waive the testing requirement on arrival and receive a direct college placement in advance, native English speakers can submit proof of English proficiency, as explained in the "College programs" section above.