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 
  • IELTS overall band score of 5.5 or higher 
  • iTEP Academic score of 4.0 or higher
  • STEP Eiken minimum score of Grade 2A or higher
  • GTEC CBT score of 1051 or higher; new GTEC unified score of 1075 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 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 4 at INTO USF
  • Completion of EAP 1851 
  • 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.

Students are exempted from the college placement test requirement if they submit qualifying SAT or ACT scores or proof of successful completion of ENC 1101.  Other scores achieved, such as TOEFL, IELTS, etc, or English language coursework completed for admission purposes cannot be used to exempt international (F-1 visa) students from the placement test. The test is taken upon arrival at HCC. The results of the placement exam will determine whether or not a student must take preparatory classes prior to enrolling in college-level courses. 

Students with qualifying SAT or ACT scores or ENC 1101 can be exempted from the English portion of the placement exam. 

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.