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English Proficiency Requirements

As of Spring 2019, RCC will require proof of English proficiency from international student applicants.

Please note, most of the requirements listed below will not waive a student from the English placement exam at the College.  All students will still be required to take an English placement exam prior to registering for classes, unless they meet the requirements to be exempt.

English Speaking Countries

Applicants who have been educated in certain countries where English is the main language will be exempt from submitting proof of English proficiency.

List of English Speaking Countries Waived from Proof of English Proficiency (PDF)

 

For those applicants applying from a country that is not exempt,
you are required to meet our English proficiency with at least ONE of the following:

English Proficiency Tests Accepted

All tests must be no older than 2 years old and must be sent directly from the testing service.

  • TOEFL -  Internet Based 45 or Paper Based 450
  • IELTS - 5.0
  • Eiken - 2
  • SAT - 420 Verbal
  • ACT - 15 Writing
  • Rockland Community College English Accuplacer exam - applicants who are in the country have the option of sitting for the English placement exam at the College.  Review of these scores will determine if the minimum English proficiency has been met.

Review of High School or University Curriculum

  • Review of English courses completed in high school or secondary school in the US, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, UK, English-Speaking Caribbean or foreign high school where the the primary language of instruction is English.*
  • Review of English composition or ESL courses taken at a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S.*
  • Completion of GCE O-Level or IGCSE English as a First Language with "C" mark or better
  • Completion of IB English SL or HL level.

*Subject to review by international admissions team upon submission of international admission application and copy of transcript.

English Language School Attendees

Applicants who have attended an academic intensive English program in the US may be waived from submitting an English proficiency exam. Review of these will be done on a case by case basis at this time.