English Proficiency

Applicants to the Advanced ESL, College Bridge, College Transfer, High School Completion, Professional/Technical, Short Term Certificate, and Bachelor's degree programs must show proof of English proficiency at the time of application, in order to be admitted directly into their program of choice. Students who cannot do so will need to apply for our Intensive ESL program instead, then take an English placement test after arriving in Seattle. The results of the placement test will determine specific program options.

Applicants who completed both primary and secondary education in Australia, Canada (English-speaking provinces), Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, Kenya, Zimbabwe or the United States can claim native English proficiency and must follow separate guidelines and procedures.

Please use the links in the left navigation bar to self-identify and review further information about the English proficiency requirements and placement policies that apply to your particular status.