International Student Services

Accepted English Proficiency Scores

Effective Spring Quarter 2017, the following minimum scores will be accepted for placement into English 101 (English Composition 1):


6.5 - Overall band score of 6.5 with a 6.0 or higher in each band.


72 - Total score of 72 with a writing scaled score of 21 or higher.

*We do not accept scores from Cambridge or other English proficiency tests for direct placement into English 101.

ESL students

English proficiency is not a requirement to be accepted. However, students who receive the following minimum scores within the last year, will place into college/high school classes.

Regardless of a qualifying test score, all students will still need to take the Edmonds Community College English placement test upon arrival.


First Certificate Grades A, B, C

EIKEN (Step Eiken)

Pre-1st Level

ELS Program

Level 109


5.0 in each band

Institutional TOEFL

Not Accepted


Level 4

Pearson Test of English (PTE)

Score of 42


IBT 54


For test scores below these levels, placement will be determined by the student's score on the Edmonds Community College English placement test given upon arrival. A sample of the ACCUPLACER Placement test is available for practice prior to arrival.

NOTE: Only original score reports are accepted. You must submit a copy of your original report when applying and bring the original to orientation.