Proof of English Proficiency

International students in F-1 status are required to show proof of English. Students can demonstrate English proficiency by meeting ONE of the following criteria.

Students can submit a qualifying exam score that is less than 2 years old.

English Language Exams Accepted Minimal Scores
TOEFL iBt 61
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 reading and 6.0 writing
Duolingo 95
iBT Special Home Edition 61 (test not available in Mainland China and Iran)
PTE (Pearson Test of English) 45
GTEC (Global Test of English Communication) 1190
Cambridge English Language Assessment 175+ on C1 Advanced or C2 Peoficiency Exam
Itep 175+ on C1 Advanced or C2 Peoficiency Exam

West Valley College ESL Placement Test with resulting score at Level 963 or higher

Contact Terri Eppley at terri.eppleyFREEWEST_VALLEY to schedule the placement test.

You have a certification of completion of the appropriate level from any accredited U.S. intensive English language school.

Partner Language Schools

School Location Level to Complete Email Phone
The IIS Intensive English Program at Mission College Santa Clara, CA Level D (408) 855-5110
San Jose State University International Gateways San Jose, CA Level 600 (408) 924-2660
Golden Gate College Campbell, CA Level 12 (408) 274-9954
You have completed or will complete one of the following Submit
Secondary Education in an English-Speaking Country Transcript & Diploma
International High School Diploma Transcript & School Letter
Degree from a College or University in the U.S., U.K., Ireland, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand Official Transcript
Nordic Gymnasium English B with Grade of “VG” or “MVG” Official Transcript
All Years of Study in Singapore Official Transcript
Last Updated 5/17/21