English Proficiency

The information below is for all new and returning students enrolling Fall quarter 2016. Applicants enrolling Winter quarter 2017 onward must refer to our new English proficiency requirements.

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.

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 programs:

- TOEFL PBT* 520, writing 4.0 (placement in both English 099 and English 101)
- TOEFL PBT* 520, writing 5.0 (placement in English 101)
- TOEFL iBT 68, writing 18
- IELTS 5.5, writing 5.0 (placement in both English 099 and English 101)
- IELTS 5.5, writing 5.5 (placement in English 101)
- SAT 460 for both Reading and Writing (old format - before March 2016)
- SAT 510 in Reading and Writing (new format - March 2016 and after)
- ACT 19 for both English and Reading
- Completion of English Composition at an accredited post-secondary insitution in Australia, Canada (English-speaking provinces), Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States, or Zimbabwe

IEP Short-Term Certificate program:

- TOEFL PBT* 483
- TOEFL iBT 56
- IELTS 5.5
- SAT 460 for both Reading and Writing (old format - before March 2016)
- SAT 510 in Reading and Writing (new format - March 2016 and after)
- ACT 19 for both English and Reading
- Completion of English Composition at an accredited post-secondary insitution in Australia, Canada (English-speaking provinces), Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States, or Zimbabwe

*The TOEFL Paper Based Test (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
- TOEFL iBT 52
- IELTS 5
- Other
- Approved ESL programs

*The TOEFL Paper Based Test (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 or faxed copies of official score reports are accepted. All scores will be verified with the test provider 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 score 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.