Students who are unable to submit English proficiency scores due to testing site closures due to the COVID-19 situation are exempt from doing so. Completion of online English placement testing through Lone Star College is recommended to confirm that prospective students can benefit from our classes and avoid possible issues with their student visa. Contact an LSC International Student Advisor for more information.
Proof of sufficient English proficiency is required to ensure that prospective students can benefit from Lone Star College courses. All applicants, including those who plan to take English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes, must submit one of the items below. During the COVID-19 situation, students who are unable to submit English Proficiency test scores due to testing being unavailable are exempt from this requirement:
Diploma from an accredited U.S. High School or a degree from a U.S. College or University.
Proof of successful completion of a college-level writing course (not ESOL) from an accredited U.S. college or university.
Proof of successful completion of high school or higher education from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction. Upon arrival, students will be required to take placement testing to determine eligibility for admission into college-transfer courses. Students who do not meet the minimum scores will be required to take developmental English and/or ESOL courses.
Score per section (Reading, Language Use, Sentence Meaning, and Listening sections required): ACCUPLACER ESL 46
Admitted students may be required to assess for placement in the intensive English language program (ESOL program) or developmental English classes upon arrival depending on their test scores.
Minimum scores on one of the following standardized college tests. Scores are valid for five years:
SAT Evidenced-Based Reading & Writing (EBRW) Score: 480(tests taken on/after March 5, 2016)
SAT Reading/Writing Score: 500 Verbal/Critical Reading with 1070 composite (tests taken prior to March 5, 2016)
ACT Reading/Writing Score: 23 composite with minimum 19 in English
The following scores allow students to take the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) test to determine eligibility for admission into college-transfer courses. Scores are valid for two years:
Composite Scores: TOEFL paper 530; TOEFL IBT 71; TOEIC 700; or IELTS 6.0
Score per section (Reading, Language Use, Sentence Meaning, and Listening sections required): ACCUPLACER ESL 120
Students who have recently taken approved college assessment tests (ACT, SAT, STAAR, TAKS, TAAS) may be exempt from may be exempt from all, or part of, the TSI Assessment. See www.lonestar.edu/placement-testing-info.htm for more information.