English Proficiency

Proof of English proficiency is not required for admission to Seattle Central. Admitted students are tested for English proficiency upon arrival to determine program and level placement.

Students who prefer a direct placement can provide proof of proficiency in advance, as noted below:

College programs

Students who provide one of the following scores can receive a direct college placement. They will not need to take an English placement test on arrival in Seattle, and will be allowed to pre-register.

College Transfer, High School Completion Plus, B.A.S., or Professional/Technical:

- TOEFL iBT 64, writing 17
- IELTS 6.0, writing 5.0
- SAT 460 for both Reading and Writing (before March 2016)
  SAT 510 in Reading and Writing (March 2016 and later)
- ACT 19 for both English and Reading
- TOEFL PBT* 507, writing 4.0
- U.S. high school graduation with GPA of at least 2.0
- Completion of English Composition at an accredited post-secondary institution in Australia, Canada (English-speaking provinces), Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States, or Zimbabwe

More specific information on direct college placement is available here.

IEP Short-Term Certificate:

- TOEFL iBT 56
- IELTS 5.5
- SAT 460 for both Reading and Writing (before March 2016)
  SAT 510 in Reading and Writing (March 2016 and later)
- ACT 19 for both English and Reading
- ELTIS 220
- Eiken 2A
- TOEFL PBT* 483
- U.S. high school graduation with GPA of at least 2.0
- Completion of English Composition at an accredited post-secondary institution in Australia, Canada (English-speaking provinces), Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States, or Zimbabwe

*The TOEFL PBT is available in areas of the world where the iBT is not offered. Also, Seattle Central does not accept Institutional TOEFL scores (ITP) as proof of English proficiency for direct placement.

College Bridge / Advanced English

Students are placed in the appropriate level based on the scores below:

College Bridge 4
Advanced English 4
College Bridge 5
Advanced English 5
College Bridge 6 only
 
- TOEFL iBT 52, writing 14
- IELTS 5.0, writing 4.5
- Eltis 202
- Eiken 2
- Other
- Approved ESL programs
- TOEFL iBT 56, writing 15
- IELTS 5.5, writing 4.5
- Eltis 220
- Eiken 2A
- Other
- Approved ESL programs
- TOEFL iBT 60, writing 16
- IELTS 5.5, writing 5.0
- Eltis 233
- Eiken Pre-1
- Other
- Approved ESL programs

Upon arriving in Seattle, students will take an English test. Students scoring above their initial placement will be moved to higher levels, including full-time college. Students scoring two or more levels below their initial placement will enroll in classes according to their test results.

 

Additional information about English proficiency requirements:

How to send English proficiency scores

Scanned/emailed/faxed copies of official score reports are accepted. Scores are verified with test providers before the student's English proficiency status is changed.

Students already admitted who obtain new / updated proof of English proficiency can submit it to the IEP Office up to two weeks before the first day of the quarter.

To order reports from test providers, students should use the institution codes below:

TOEFL - 4741 (test scores valid for 2 years)
SAT - 4033 (test scores valid for 3 years)
ACT - 4475 (test scores valid for 3 years)
IELTS - IELTS does not use institution codes. When ordering a report, indicate the following:
Seattle Central College
International Education Programs
1701 Broadway, BE1113
Seattle, WA 98122
(Test scores valid for 2 years)

How to claim native English proficiency

Applicants who completed both primary and secondary education in one of the following countries can claim native English proficiency:

- Australia
- Canada (English-speaking provinces)
- Ireland
- Kenya
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom
- United States
- Zimbabwe

Applicants must provide the names and dates for all the primary and secondary schools they attended along with the rest of their application materials.

Like other students admitted to our programs, native English speakers will take a placement test upon arrival in Seattle, then register for classes according to their results. Native English speakers will take the same test given to U.S. residents and citizens enrolling at Seattle Central.

To waive the testing requirement on arrival and receive a direct college placement in advance, native English speakers can submit proof of English proficiency, as explained in the "College programs" section above.