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English Proficiency Requirements

Students whose native language is not English must submit proof of English proficiency. IVC does not admit international students or issue the I-20 for ESL or AESL (English as a Second Language) study.

Students whose native language is English or who have had English as the language of instruction throughout high school do not need to submit English proficiency tests. (Official school documentation verifying English as the language of instruction is required).

English Proficiency Exams

IVC accepts the following English proficiency exams. Official exam scores cannot be more than two (2) years old:

  • TOEFL: 52 iBT or 470 paper based (IVC institution code is 4773)
  • IELTS: 4.5
  • CAMBRIDGE ENGLISH160  (B2 First, C1 Advanced)
  • iTEP:  4.5
  • EIKEN: Grade 2A (Original test score reports are required for the EIKEN test)
  • PEARSON: 41
  • GTEC CBT: 900


ESL Partner School Agreements

Irvine Valley College has agreements with intensive ESL schools to waive English proficiency testing based on completion of specified levels at one our partner schools. Official transcripts or a letter verifying completion of the required level is needed. Please see below for a list of IVC’s partner English language schools and required levels of completion:

IVC Partner ESL School: Level of Completion Required:
​AOI College of Languages ​Level 6
​FLS International ​Level 14
​Level 6
​Kaplan International English ​Advanced
​LASC American Language & Culture ​Level 6
Language Systems International (LSI) ​Level 6
​Poly Languages Institute ​Level 6/Advanced
UC Irvine, Div. of Continuing Education ​Level 6
UC Riverside, International Education Program Level 600​
​UCLA American Language Center ​Level 105

IVC Assessment Testing

Students who place into ESL 370 or higher on the ESL Assessment Test at IVC have met our English proficiency requirement and additional English proficiency testing is not required. NOTE: Students cannot meet this requirement by taking the native English test; this requirement can only be met by taking the ESL Assessment test.

Completion of Freshman Composition Course:

Students who have completed Freshman Composition (WR 1) at an accredited US university with a grade of "C" or better may have the English proficiency waived. Official transcripts verifying completion are required.

NOTE: All new students are required to take English and math tests prior to registration in classes at IVC. IVC assessment testing is used for placement decisions in registration. ESL school completion or submission of English proficiency tests does not waive this requirement.


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