Applicants to the College Bridge, College Transfer, High School Completion, Professional/Technical and Short Term Certificate programs must show proof of English Proficiency at the time of application, in order to be admitted directly into those programs. Students who cannot do so will take an English placement test after arriving in Seattle. The results of the placement test will determine specific program options. Students may also choose to begin their studies in the Intensive English program, which does not require proof of English proficiency at the time of application.
If applying for our College Bridge, College Transfer, High School Completion, Professional/Technical, or Short Term Certificate program, be sure to include with your application official score report(s), transcript(s) or document(s) proving your English proficiency. Scanned/emailed or faxed copies of official score reports, transcripts and documents are accepted. All test scores will be verified with the official testing provider.
Applicants admitted to the Institute of English who later obtain proof of English proficiency should submit official score reports, transcripts or documents as soon as they are available, no later than two weeks before the first day of the quarter. The applicant’s admission status will be changed based on the new level of English proficiency. Students who become eligible to take the college English placement test must test by the college testing deadline. If proof of proficiency is submitted less than two weeks before the first day of the quarter, the international student center cannot guarantee that the applicant’s admission status will be changed before the quarter begins.
Please note: Applicants whose native language is English may be exempt from providing proof of English proficiency. Contact the IEP Office for more details.
Proficiency requirement for direct placement into College Transfer, Professional/Technical and High School Completion programs
Students with the following proof of English proficiency will be placed directly in classes, (and will be eligible for the English composition course noted below) without any additional English placement testing:
TOEFL 520,Writing Score of 4.0: Placement in ENGL 096
TOEFL 520,Writing Score of 5.0: Placement in ENGL& 101
iBT 68, Writing Score 18 or higher: placement in ENGL& 101
IELTS Overall 5.5, Writing Band 5.0: Placement in ENGL 096
IELTS Overall 5.5, Writing Band 5.5: Placement in ENGL& 101
ACT English score of 19 or higher and ACT Reading score of 19 or higher: Placement in ENGL& 101
Completion of English Composition at a regionally accredited US college or university.
Minimum Proficiency to Take the College English Placement Test, or For Placement in College Bridge
Students with the following proof of English proficiency will be allowed to take the College English placement test after arriving in Seattle. They will be placed in the College Bridge Program, or in full-time college classes, depending on their test results. Please note that students whose College English placement scores indicate a Reading, Writing or Listening proficiency two levels below College Bridge (at ESL Level 2) will be placed in ESL and will not be guaranteed College Bridge.
TOEFL 470 or higher
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 75 or higher
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) 46
Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL): 40 or higher
First Certificate English (FCE): Passing
International Test of English Proficiency (iTEP) Academic Plus: 4.5 or higher
STEP Eiken: 2A Grade
Global Test of English Communication (GTEC): 570
Pearson Test of English (PTE): 40
Completion of an approved ESL program
-- English is my native language.
-- Completion of at least one year of study at a U.S. high school, or at a high school where English is the medium of instruction, taking no ESL classes. Official transcripts must show an overall 3.0 (B average), or placement in the top 20% of the class. If study occurred in countries where English is not the official language, the International Admissions Office may require proof that English was the medium of instruction.
-- Completion of at least one year of college-level study at a college or university in the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand, without completion of English Composition.
-- A grade of 15 or higher in English on the Swedish Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Avgangsbetyg / Slutbetyg fran Gymnasieskola).
Short-Term Certificate Program
Students applying to the Short-Term Certificate Program must show proof of English proficiency in one of the following ways:
IELTS Overall 5.5
ACT English score of 19 or higher and ACT Reading score of 19 or higher
Eligibility for College Bridge 5 and Intermediate Academic Writing (option available for current Seattle Central students only; see information on the College Bridge Program for more details)
Please note: some classes in the Short-Term Certificate Program may have special pre-requisites that require English and Math testing. Please see Short-Term Certificate Course Requirements for further information.
No TOEFL? No Problem!
Students without proof of English proficiency can start their studies in the Seattle Central Institute of English. By applying to both the Intensive English Program and the college program of their choice, students will be granted admission to the Institute of English and conditional admission to the college program. Specific program placement will be determined by taking an English placement test after arriving in Seattle.
To see your path through the English program to full-time college classes, visit our College Bridge Program page.
TOEFL and IELTS Score Reports
Students who have already taken a TOEFL or IELTS test should include official score reports with their application to prove English proficiency. Scanned/emailed or faxed copies of official score reports are accepted. All test scores will be verified with the official testing provider.
Applicants who would like ETS to send scores directly to Seattle Central should do the following:
- Order an official score report from ETS to be sent to Seattle Central (Seattle Central’s Institution Code is 4741).
- Provide the International Admissions Office with the applicant’s TOEFL Registration ID.
Applicants who would like their IELTS test scores to be verified directly online can provide the International Admissions Office with their Test Report Form Number.