English Proficiency

International students who apply for admission to College of DuPage will be required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores as part of the admission process.

  • Students with a TOEFL score of 79 or higher or an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher will be considered college-ready and will be eligible to enroll in Academic courses.
  • Students with a TOEFL score of 40-78 or an IELTS score of 3-6 will complete all relevant placement exams and will be placed in English or Academic ESL per the current placement guidelines.
  • Students with a TOEFL score of 39 or lower or an IELTS score of 2.5 or lower will not be eligible for admission to College of DuPage.

 

Exceptions to the TOEFL or IELTS:

  • International students from countries where English is the primary spoken language.
  • International students who have taken ACT are not required to take TOEFL/IELTS.
  • International students who have graduated from a U.S. high school.
  • International students who have successfully completed English 1101 or equivalent at an accredited U.S. college or university.
  • International students who have earned a bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university.
  • International students currently residing in the United States and enrolled at Language Training Schools would be required to demonstrate language proficiency by completing either TOEFL, IELTS, COMPASS*, ACT, or SAT.

 

*College of DuPage COMPASS placement tests will need to be take in the four different areas: 

  • ESL Compass Reading
  • ESL Compass Writing
  • ESL Compass e-Write 
  • ESL Compass Listening

Placement into English as a Second Language (ESL) courses will be required if passing scores are not achieved.

A review of the online sample materials is recommended in order to determine the minimum proficiency required for Level 1 courses.

Click on  ESL courses for more information on the different levels offered and course information.
 

Contact Information


Gabi Carr
Student Services Center (SSC), Room 2225
(630) 942-2979
Fax: (630) 942-2323

Hours
Monday to Fridays: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Evening appointments are available upon request.