Admission to the IEP

Anyone who is over 16 years of age is welcome to learn American English! Students must apply to attend South Seattle College. Please visit the How To Apply page for information on admission to this program. No test score or high school GPA minimum is required for admission.

How do you choose my level?

Students will take a placement English test before classes start at South Seattle College. This test is not given off campus. This test has reading, listening, and writing sections. After your test results are given to the Center for International Education, you will also take a writing sample. You will be placed in the appropriate level according to the results of the placement and writing sample. You will have an advising appointment to determine which level you will start in and what classes you can take.

Do I have to take the IEP?

You do not have to take the IEP if you have TOEFL 64 with 17+ on writing, IELTS 6.0 with 5.0+ on writing , or ACT: English 19, Reading 19 and Math 22 scores. You will be placed directly in the college/university level courses.

Will I be able to begin taking college courses when I finish the IEP?

Yes! Students who complete the Intensive English Program successfully can begin college classes immediately and without retesting.

IEP Tuition policy

  • Withdrawal from class prior to the first day of class = 100% refund
  • Withdrawal from class within first five calendar days = 80% refund
  • Withdrawal from class within sixth - fourteenth calendar days = 50% refund
  • Withdrawal from class after fourteenth calendar day = 0 (no refund)