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English Proficiency

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 demonstrated English proficiency (see below), you may be eligible to enroll directly into college-level English or be placed in advanced English language courses: English for Academic Purposes (EAP). While taking EAP courses, most students can also take regular college classes that do not have an English prerequisite. Students who are placed in EAP will take the English langauge test during the International Student Orientation Program (ISOP) to determine their placement within EAP.

If we do not receive a copy of your official score report or other demonstrated proficiency 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 issued an Associate-level I-20.

If you currently have a score report, email a copy to international@shoreline.edu.

If you choose to send an original document to our office, please use the address below. Original documents will not be returned. To have TOEFL scores sent to Shoreline, use our school code: 4738.

Shoreline Community College
International Education
16101 Greenwood Ave N
Shoreline, WA 98133
USA

What assessments can I use?

TOEFL*

Students must have the following minimum scores to qualify for

  • English 101: 72 overall, 21 writing
  • English for Academic Purposes: 65 overall, 18 writing

IELTS*

 

Students must have the following minimum scores to qualify for

  • English 101: 6.0 overall, 6.0 writing
  • English for Academic Purposes: 5.5 overall, 5.5 writing

English 101 or equivalent at another U.S. college

 

Washington State

If you have a GPA of 2.0 or better in English 101 or its equivalent at a Washington State community or technical college, you will be exempt from ESL and EAP

Other US States

If you have a GPA of 2.0 or better in English 101 or its equivalent at a college or university outside of Washington State, you may be considered ESL and EAP exempt

ELS Language Center

English for Academic Purposes placement is guaranteed with a Level 109 certificate

Pearson (PTE Academic Version)*

Students must have the following minimum scores to qualify for

  • English 101: 49 overall, 56 writing
  • English for Academic Purposes: 46 overall, 49 writing

Step Eiken*

English 101 placement is guaranteed with a Pre-1st degree

SAT*

English 101 placement requires a minimum score of 460 in Reading and Writing

ACT*

English 101 placement requires a minimum score of 19 in Reading and Writing

International Baccalaureate (IB)*

English 101 placement requires an English score of 5, 6, or 7

Advanced Placement (AP)

Students who have a score of 4 or 5 on either the English: Language & Composition or English: Literature and Composition AP exams will receive credit for English 101 and be placed in English 102

Shoreline or Edmonds District High School Grads

GED*

English 101 placement is guaranteed with a score of 160

Smarter Balanced Assessment

The Smarter Balanced Assessment is a career and college readiness test administered in Washington State high schools during Junior year (11th grade).  You can use your Smarter Balanced assessment score for placement up to one year after your graduation date. Students must have a minimum score of 3, 4, "Pass," or "College Ready" to qualify for English 101.

Native English Speakers

Applicants who completed primary and secondary school in one of the following countries are considered native English speakers and take the Accuplacer test for English placement. This is the same test given to U.S. residents and citizens enrolling at Shoreline.

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Ireland
  • New Zealand
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

 

Test scores below these levels will not be used in academic placement at Shoreline. All students who are not placed directly into college-level English will take Shoreline's English placement test during orientation. Assessment tests marked with an asterisk (*) are valid for two years from the date the test was taken.