English Requirements 

International (F-1 visa) students whose native language is not English and who are not from an exempt country must demonstrate English proficiency to gain admission to the College. HCC does not offer courses in English as a Second Language for F-1 international students and does not offer conditional acceptance to students who do not meet our English proficiency requirements. 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 (with no band lower than 5.0; scores must be 2 years or newer)
  • iTEP Academic score of 4.0 or higher
  • STEP Eiken minimum score of Grade 2A or higher
  • GTEC GBT score of 1051 or higher
  • Pearson PTE Academic minimum score of 46 or higher
  • Cambridge English: C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency, minimum score of 165 or higher
  • Completion of Kaplan's High-Intermediate Level
  • SAT scores (college-level reading): Old SAT section score of 440 or new SAT test score of 24 or higher
  • ACT scores (college-level reading) of 19 or higher
  • Completion of Level 5 or EAP 1851 at INTO USF
  • Completion of Advanced Levels (Level 109) at an ELS language center
  • Completion of Level 6 Advanced at Tampa Language Center
  • 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 language, 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.