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 and/or grammar placement test.  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 texts, students will be assigned to courses in level one or two of the Intensive English Program, a combination of both levels, or the Super Intensive Program. 

Undergraduate Students:

Undergraduate students who score between 420 and 447 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 between 450 and 477 on the TOEFL and demonstrate appropriate writing proficiency on the writing placement test will take 30 hours per week in the Super Intensive Program. 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 30 hours per week of either the level two courses, a combination of level one and level two courses or the Super Intensive Program. 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.