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English Requirements

International (F-1 visa) students whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency to gain admission to the College.  

Applicants may demonstrate English language competency for admission purposes by meeting any one of the following conditions:

  • TOEFL score of 61 (iBT)/173 (CBT)/500 (PBT) or higher (2 years or newer)
  • IELTS overall band score of 5.5 or higher (2 years or newer)
  • iTEP Academic score of 4.0 or higher
  • Completion of Level 5 at an English Language Institute at a Florida Intensive English Consortium school (i.e., INTO USF)
  • Completion of Level 109 at an ELS language center
  • Completion of Kaplan's High-Intermediate Level
  • Completion of the highest level of a regionally accredited intensive English language program
  • Completion of ENC 1101 from another U.S. college or university
  • Graduation from a U.S. high school with a standard high school diploma after having attended that school for the entire senior year.

Regardless of the scores achieved or English language coursework completed for admission purposes, international (F-1 visa) students must also take a placement test upon arrival at HCC unless otherwise exempted.  The results of the placement exam taken upon arrival at HCC determine whether or not a student must take English for Academic Purposes (EAP) coursework or other preparatory classes prior to enrolling in college-level courses. 

Why do I need to take a placement test after demonstrating English proficiency?

An English proficiency test measures a student's ability to speak and perform in other skill areas of the English languge, such as reading and writing. In other words, proof of English proficiency submitted for admission purposes (for example, minimum required scores) does not guarantee placement into college-level coursework. Generally, a placement test indicates the appropriate level to begin taking courses in a specific subject, and where you may need additional help with your skills. It is used to sort students into teaching groups with other students that are at approximately the same skill level.