English Placement for Undergraduate Students

Placement for undergraduate students is based on TOEFL iBT, IELTS, SAT, ACT sub-scores or ESL ENPT and OEPT-Academic Scores.

ESL ENPT and OEPT-academic are provided by the Center for ESL for students who do not have any of the above scores.

Writing/Reading

ESL Writing Placement Scale with TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, ACT, and PTE

Percentile

TOEFL iBT writing

IELTS writing

SAT

EBRW

ACT writing

PTE

ESL Placement

ENGL placement

Course

90 - 99

27 - 30

7.5 - 9.0

> 650

28

83 - 90

14

5

ESL1080

71 - 86

24 - 26

7

570-640

24-27

73 - 82

13

4

ESL1070

35 - 65

20 - 23

6 - 6.5

480-560

19-23

58 - 72

11

3

1069

10 - 30

15 - 19

5 - 5.5

430-470

15-18

42 - 57

10

2

1068

0 - 9

0 - 14

0 - 4.5

< 420 or no score

15 or no score

     

Take ESL placement test

*IMPORTANT*

ESL writing courses are equivalent to English Composition courses and are required for international students whose native language is not English to fulfill the English Composition requirement. ESL writing courses are required courses for international students. Once students are placed in a course, they are required to complete the writing sequence in order to fulfill the English Composition requirement. The only exception is ESL1070. Students in ESL1069 achieving an A as the final grade can skip ESL1070 and take ESL1080. Students in ESL1069 achieving an A-, B or C as the final grade will need to take ESL1070 and then complete the rest of the sequence.

Undergraduate Reading/ Writing Sequence

  • ESL1068 Foundations of Academic Reading and Writing for ESL
  • ESL1069 Success in Undergraduate Academic Writing
  • ESL1070 Intro to English Comp for International Students (equivalent to ENGL1000)
  • ESL1080 English Composition for International Students (equivalent to ENGL1001)
  • ESL2089 Intermediate Composition for International Students (equivalent to ENGL2089)

Speaking/Listening

ESL Speaking Placement Scale with TOEFL and IELTS
TOEFL iBT Speaking IELTS Speaking Course
26 - 30 7.5 - 9
ESL1074 or ESL1075 as needed or no ESL
23 - 25 6.5 - 7
ESL1073
20 - 22 5.5 - 6
ESL1072
19 or below 5.0 or below
ESL1071

Note: Unlike the Reading/Writing requirement, students are not required to finish the Listening and speaking sequence once they are placed into a course. Students placed in intermediate level or above (ESL1072, 1073) can simultaneously take ESL1075 improving pronunciation as needed. Students needing more support in oral communication are greatly encouraged to take ESL1074 Oral Presentation Skills after they have completed any of the Listening/Speaking courses (1071, 1072, 1073).

Undergraduate Speaking/ Listening Sequence

  • ESL1071 Basic Oral Communication
  • ESL1072 Foundations of Academic Oral Communication
  • ESL1073 Success in Academic Oral Communication
  • ESL1074 Oral Presentation Skill
  • ESL1075 Improving Pronunciation

Other ESL Courses

  • ESL1074 Oral Presentation Skill: This course carries prerequisite. Students must have taken ESL1071, ESL1072, or ESL1073 in order to register for this course.
  • ESL1076 U.S. Culture and Communication: This is a required course for international students of College of Business and open for all other international undergraduate students.
  • ESL1077 Strategies for Academic Success: This course is strongly recommended for students who need assistance to fulfill the academic requirements in the areas of their study.
The table below demonstrates the students- English proficiency level and corresponding courses.
 

R/W Courses

L/S Courses

Other Courses

Beginning level

ESL1067, ESL1068

ESL1071

ESL1077

Intermediate level

ESL1069, ESL1070

ESL1072

ESL1074, ESL1075, ESL1076

Advanced level

ESL1080, ESL2089

ESL1073

ESL1074, ESL1075, ESL1076