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

DET

ESL ENPT

Course

90 - 99

27 - 30

7.5 - 9.0

> 650

28

83 - 90

125-150

14

ESL1080

71 - 86

24 - 26

7

570-640

24-27

73 - 82

112-124

13

ESL1070

35 - 65

20 - 23

6 - 6.5

480-560

19-23

58 - 72

88-111

11

1069

10 - 30

15 - 19

5 - 5.5

430-470

15-18

42 - 57

67-87

10

1068

0 - 9

0 - 14

0 - 4.5

< 420 or no score

15 or no score

     

Take ESL placement test

Note: ESL writing course placement based on writing sub-scores; students must complete entire sequence after placement

  • SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score
  • Old SAT Critical Reading score or Writing score
  • ACT English, Writing, Combined English/Writing or English Language Arts score
  • PTE Pearson Test of English
  • DET Duolingo English Test

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
Percentile TOEFL iBT Speaking IELTS Speaking Duolingo English Test (DET) Course
80-99 24 - 30 7.5 - 9
125-150 ESL1074 or ESL1075 as needed or no ESL
44-68 20 - 23 6.5 - 7
112-124 ESL1073
10-33 16 - 19 5.5 - 6
88-111 ESL1072
<9 15 or below 5 or below
67-87 ESL1071

Note: ESL oral communication course placement based on speaking sub-scores; courses are strongly encouraged as elective; entire sequence is not required.

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

This scale was created based on percentile correlations among above test scores.

References:

Test and Score Data Summary for TOEFL iBT Tests, January –December 2016,

Linking TOEFL iBT Scores to IELTS Scores—A Research Report,

SAT Understanding Scores,

ACT Score Percentiles,

PTE Score Guide

For more information, please visit the CESL website.