English Proficiency Requirement

Proof of sufficient English proficiency by submitting one of the following:

  • Official transcripts from an accredited U.S. college or university showing successful completion of coursework including a college-level writing course (not ESOL).
  • Official records from a foreign high school or higher education institution where English is the primary language of instruction may indicate English proficiency.
  • Minimum scores on approved ESOL tests for admission into the Intensive English Program: TOEFL paper 347, TOEFL CBT 63, TOEFL IBT 19; TOEIC 255; or IELTS 2. Upon arrival, individuals will be assessed for placement into the intensive English program.
  • TOEFL paper 530, TOEFL CBT 197, or TOEFL IBT 71; TOEIC 700; or IELTS 5.7 allow students to take the TSI test for admission into college-transfer courses.
  • Students who have recently taken approved college assessment tests (SAT, ACT) may be exempt from part or all placement tests. See chart below.

Test scores are valid for 3 years.

Chart A (TSI Complete/Exempt)

Minimum Score and Course Requirements
  Reading Writing Math
SAT* 1070 combined with 500 Verbal/Critical Reading   1070 combined with 500 Math
ACT* 23 composite with 19 English   23 composite with 19 Math
11 Grade TAKS** 2200 with 3 on essay   2200
TAAS*** 89 Reading 1770 Writing 86 Texas Learning Index (TLI)
STAAR**** English II: Level II: 2000 (Reading) and 2000 (Writing)   Algebra II: Level II 4000+

*SAT and ACT: the combined score with the specified minimum scores above shall be exempt for those corresponding sections.

**TAKS: a minimum scale score of 2200 on the math section and/or a minimum scale score of 2200 on the English Language Arts section with a writing subsection score of at least 3, shall be exempt from the assessment required under this title for those corresponding sections.

*** TAAS: a minimum scale score of 1770 on the writing test, a Texas Learning Index (TLI) of 86 on the mathematics test and 89 on the reading test shall be exempt from the assessment required for those corresponding sections.

****STAAR end-of-course (EOC) with a minimum score of Level 2 on the English III shall be exempt from the TSI Assessment for both reading and writing, and a minimum score of Level 2 on the Algebra II EOC shall be exempt from the TSI Assessment for the mathematics section.

SAT, ACT, STAAR, TAKS and TSI exemptions are valid for 5 years if the student has enrolled in an institution of higher education during that time period (does not have to be just LSCS); TAAS scores are valid for 3 years if the student has enrolled in an institution of higher education during that time period (does not have to be just LSCS).

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