ADC - College-Level ESL

Admission and Enrollment

ESL students at CSI usually come from three different types of background.  In addition to regular admission requirements, these students must demonstrate English language proficiency. 

International students: (students with F-1 student visas)

In order to receive a student visa, these students must have a score of 133 or higher on the computerized version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam.  (For students who have taken the older, non-computerized version, the equivalent is 450.)  Students with scores between 133 and 213 (450 and 550 on the non-computerized version) also take the CSI ESL Assessment after they arrive at CSI to determine placement in ESL courses, if necessary.  Students with scores above 213 (550 on the non-computerized version) are exempt from ESL courses and take the college's placement test (COMPASS) before registering for courses.

Students who are not native speakers of English who are residents of the United States who have lived in the United States for less than 10 years, and who completed their education in a non-English speaking country .

These students take the CSI ESL Assessment.  Students whose scores are too low for admission to the College-level ESL Program are advised to study in non-credit programs until they have sufficiently improved their proficiency.  Students whose scores indicate that they need ESL study are placed in ESL courses according to their needs.  Students whose scores indicate that they do not need ESL courses are exempted from ESL courses and take the college's placement test (COMPASS) before registering for courses.

Students who are not native speakers of English who are residents of the United States who have lived in the United States for more than 10 years, or who graduated from high school in the United States.

These students take the college's placement test (COMPASS).  If their scores in writing place them in ENGL 090 or 101, they are assumed to have sufficient proficiency in academic English to follow that recommendation.  If their scores in writing place them into remedial English courses, they also take the CSI ESL Assessment.  The Coordinator of College-level ESL then reviews the results of both exams and determines on a case-by-case basis if students need ESL or remedial English courses.  Students who need ESL and whose scores are too low for admission to the College-level ESL Program are advised to study in non-credit programs until they have sufficiently improved their proficiency.