English Proficiency

As an open-enrollment institution, South Seattle College welcomes students of all English proficiency levels. TOEFL and/or IELTS scores are NOT required for admission. Students who do not submit proof of English proficiency with their application will take a placement test during Orientation. If we determine that a student needs additional English instruction, they will enroll in our Intensive English Program.

South accepts TOEFL and IELTS scores as optional measures of English proficiency. If you have a qualifying TOEFL or IELTS score, please email a copy of your score report to IPAdmissions@seattlecolleges.edu for review. You can also submit SAT/ACT scores or transcripts to qualify for direct placement into college-level programs.

Note: Due to Covid-19, ETS and IELTS are now offering at-home editions of their proficiency tests. For more details, please visit https://www.ets.org/s/cv/toefl/at-home/ and https://www.ielts.org/en-us/what-is-ielts/ielts-indicator.

Upon arriving in Seattle, students with Bridge-level scores will take the IEP Placement test. Students scoring above their initial placement will be moved to higher levels, including full-time college. Students scoring two or more levels below their initial placement will enroll in classes according to their placement test results.

IELTS/TOEFL Placement Guidelines

  Bridge 4 Bridge 5 ENGL 098 ENGL 099 + ENGL& 101 ENGL& 101
TOEFL Overall 56, Writing 15 Overall 60, Writing 16 Overall 60, Writing 16 + placement test Overall 64, Writing 17 Overall 72, Writing 18
IELTS Overall 5.5, 4.5 all sections Overall 5.5, 5 all sections Overall 5.5, 5 all sections + placement test Overall 6.0, Writing 5.0 Overall 6.0, Writing 5.5

To apply follow the South Seattle College International Student online application link.

Please see this page for additional placement options.