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English Proficiency Requirement

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to establish English proficiency standards for applicants to Columbia College whose native language is not English.

Scope

This policy applies to all Columbia College applicants whose native language is not English.

Policy

All applicants whose native language is not English (regardless of citizenship) as provided on their application must provide proof of English proficiency. F1 visa applicants, regardless if English is their native language as listed on the application, must provide proof of English proficiency. Appropriate scores from the following exams demonstrate English language proficiency for admission review:

 

English Proficiency Exams
Test Type* Institutional Code Undergraduate Admission with English Language Support*** (EAP program for Columbia Main Campus Day Program only)
Standard Undergraduate Admission (any location, excludes EAP Program) Standard Graduate Program Admission (any location)
TOEFL-iBT* (internet-based test) 6095 Score of 54** or higher (with no subset score lower than 10) Score of 72** or higher (with no subset score lower than 16) Score of 80** or higher (with no subset score lower than 20)
TOEFL-PBT* (paper-based test) 6095 Score of 480 or higher (with no subset score lower than 46) Score of 530 or higher (with no subset score lower than 53) Score of 550 or higher (with no subset score lower than 55)
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)* - Score of 5.0 or higher (with not individual band score lower than 4.0) Score of 6.0 or higher (with no individual band score lower than 5.5) Score of 6.5 or higher (with no individual band score lower than 6.0)
International Test of English Proficiency* (iTEP Academic)
  Score of 3.5 or higher (with no subset level lower than 2.0)
Score of 3.7 or higher (with no subset level lower than 2.5) Score of 3.9 or higher (with no subset level lower than 3.0)
Duolingo English Test* (DET) Score of 80 or higher
Score of 95 or higher
Score of 105 or higher
Pearson Test of English* (PTE Academic)   Score of 42 or higher (with no subset score lower than 20)
Score of 50 or higher (with no subset score lower than 30)

Score of 58 or higher (with no subset score lower than 40)

English3 Proficiency Test (E3PT)   Score of 45 or higher (with no subset score lower than 7)  Score of 60 or higher (with no subset score lower than 14)  Score of 67 or higher (with no subset score lower than 18)
SAT 6095 Critical Reading subset score of 380 or higher Critical Reading subset score of 430 or higher -
ACT 2276 Subset score of 15 or higher in English
Subset score of 17 or higher in English
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* Submitted results cannot be older than two years prior to the desired enrollment date.

** Includes MyBest Scores, which is the sum of the highest section scores form all valid test dates for a super score.

** If admitted to the Columbia Main Campus Day Program under the requirements for additional English Language Support, students will take one or two semesters of courses in our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program. Upon successfully completing this program, students will have no other requirements or conditions for continued study.

Columbia College will also consider the following evidence of English language proficiency for applicants:

  • A grade of C or higher from an English composition course completed at a regionally-accredited U.S. institution and deemed equivalent by the Office of the Registrar to the Columbia College ENGL 111 course.
  • A score of 50* or higher for CLEP of an English composition course as deemed equivalent by the Office of the Registrar to the Columbia College ENGL 111 course. (*Minimum score subject to change based on recommendations by the America Council on Education.)
  • A score of 400* or higher for DSST of an English composition course as deemed equivalent by the Office of the Registrar to the Columbia College ENGL 111 course. (*Minimum score subject to change based on recommendations by the America Council on Education.)
  • Successful completion of high school in the United States from an accredited institution.
  • Successful completion of an English language GED or HiSET exam.
  • Successful completion of a bachelor’s or master’s degree in the United States from an accredited institution.
  • Serving as an active duty, reserve or National Guard military member in any branch of the US armed forces (Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Air Force, Army, or Navy). Veterans who have served honorably on active duty in the armed forces are also included in this provision.
  • Successful completion of specified programs with approved partnerships.
  • Readmission to Columbia College, who have previously met English Proficiency requirements.

Applicants from Australia, Canada (English speaking provinces), Ireland, Malta, New Zealand and the United Kingdom are required to submit SAT/ACT scores in lieu of English proficiency.

Please note that credentials are reviewed carefully to confirm that applicants have the requisite English language proficiency to succeed academically at Columbia College. Therefore, the Recruiting & Admissions Division reserves the right to require additional documentation to verify English language proficiency. The College reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant and to deny and/or rescind admission to any applicant who provides false or misleading information to the College.

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