English Proficiency for International Students Policy

The following are English Proficiency Options for Academic Admission Consideration for International Students:

Scores listed are minimums to allow international students to take the CPT/Accuplacer. Placement will be no lower than ENGL 90. Students who submit minimum scores below will not be placed into Intensive English, which is the current policy for TOEFL and IELTS. No advanced standing or credit will be awarded.

Test:SPSCC Recommendation:
CEFR Standard BenchmarkB-2
ELSLevel 109 with 80%
IBLanguage A English SL 5/HL 5
APEnglish Lit or Lang 3
GCE O-LevelEnglish minimum C
STEP/EIKENGrade Pre-1/CSE 2304-3000
IGCSEEnglish minimum C
GTEC CBT1051 minimum
HKCEE (Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination)English D/3
HKALE (Hong Kong Advanced Level Exam)English E
HKDSE Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary EducationEnglish 3
Smarter BalanceSBA English 3 or 4
ACT20 Composite English and Reading
AustraliaHS diploma equivalent/English pass
New ZealandHS diploma equivalent/English pass
Canada (except Quebec)HS diploma equivalent/English pass
UKHS diploma equivalent/English pass
USHS diploma equivalent/English pass
IrelandHS diploma equivalent/English pass
Cook IslandsHS diploma equivalent/English pass
GibraltarHS diploma equivalent/English pass
KenyaEnglish C KCSE
  • Bold indicates English proficiency assessments already accepted for academic admission.
  • Italicized indicates countries where English is not the official language, but accepted as such in practice.

Proof of completion of high school equivalent from countries where English is the ONLY official language:

AnguillaThe GambiaNorfolk Island
Antigua and BarbudaGrenadaPitcairn Islands
British Virgin IslandsGuyanaSaint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha
The BahamasJamaicaSaint Kitts and Nevis
BarbadosJerseySaint Lucia
BelizeLiberiaSouth Sudan
BermudaMalawiTrinidad and Tobago
Cayman IslandsFederated States of MicronesiaTurks and Caicos Islands
Christmas IslandsMontserratUganda
  • International students who do not meet the minimum score requirements listed will be accepted into Intensive English only. They will be required to take the LOEP to determine initial placement.
  • International students who meet the minimum requirements listed will be accepted directly into an academic program. They will take the CPT/Accuplacer to determine initial English placement, which is the same procedure for domestic students and international students who submit the currently approved TOEFL or IELTS minimum scores.
  • No transfer credit will be awarded solely based on meeting the English proficiency minimums listed.