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English Proficiency

Accepted exams and scores

ESL students do not need to prove English proficiency. Applicants who do not meet the English language proficiency requirements may be admitted to the American Institute of Language and Culture at PCC. Students will take a placement/assessment exam on campus to determine their ESL level of study. 

Below you will find various exams and scores that we will consider for admission:

  1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report with a minimum score of 61 ibt
  2. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Overall Band Score of 5.5 or better with a minimum individual score of 5.0 in EACH component (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking).
  3. Duolingo with a minimum score of  90
  4. Pearson Test of English (PTE) General Score of Level 2 or a PTE Academic Score of 43 or better.
  5. General Test of English Communication (GTEC) Score of 1050 or better.
  6. ACT Reading and Writing with a minimum score of 19
  7. SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing with a minimum score of 510
  8. PCC’s placement/assessment exams in Reading and Writing: achieve minimum scores for Writing 101S and Reading 091.
  9. Certificate of Endorsement indicating successful program completion at the American Institute of Language and Culture at Pima Community College.
  10. Certificate of Endorsement indicating successful program completion at the Center for English as a Second Language at the University of Arizona.
  11. Successful completion of the English course in the Cambridge General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE), International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) or General Certificate of Education (GCE) O Level or higher with a grade of C or better.
  12. Official transcripts indicating completion of College Reading AND English Composition 100, OR English Composition 101 OR English Composition 107 (or their equivalents) at a regionally accredited institution and earning a grade of C or better.
  13. Official high school transcripts indicating completion of regular English classes at an accredited American or International Baccalaureate (IB) high school (domestic and/or abroad) with a grade of C or better.
  14. Applying from an English-speaking country or a school that uses English as the language of instruction as determined by official transcripts. 
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