Language Center

Entry Requirements & Course Placements

 

All students are placed into Language Center classes based on the results of their TOEFL exam and the Language Center’s writing placement test (WPT).  All students must achieve a minimum level of 420 on the paper-based TOEFL exam (or equivalent) to enter the university.  In addition, depending on the results of these tests, students will be assigned to courses in level one or two of the Intensive English Program, or a combination of both levels.

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students who score between 420 and 477 on the TOEFL will take the level one courses (20 hours per week). Undergraduate students who score between 480 and 527 on the TOEFL will take anywhere from 10 to 20 hours per week of either the level two courses or a combination of level one and level two courses.

Undergraduate students who score 530 or higher on the TOEFL test may or may not have to take AWT, depending on the writing placement test results.

Graduate Students

Graduate students who score below 520 on the TOEFL will take the level one courses (20 hours per week). Graduate students who score between 520 and 547 on the TOEFL will take anywhere from 10 to 20 hours per week of either the level two courses or a combination of level one and level two courses.

Graduate students who score 550 or higher on the TOEFL test will be exempted from ALS, ARD and GAC. However, ALL graduate students take the writing placement test to determine whether a Language Center writing course is required or not. Specific information about the language requirements for graduate students may be obtained directly from their chosen school of specialty.

Courses Outside the Center
 
It is possible for a Language Center student to take classes outside the Language Center depending on which courses he/she is taking.  Al Akhawayn students are generally allowed to take five courses with some exceptions for students on probation or those who have proven outstanding academic ability. 

In general, Language Center undergraduate students who enter with a TOEFL score of 420-477 will take 20 hours in the Language Center with the possibility of adding a fifth course in another university department.  In addition, those who enter with a TOEFL score of above 480 will be able to take two or more other courses.