You must be able to speak, read, write and understand English to successfully complete college work in the United States. The most common examinations accepted as proof of English proficiency from international students are TOEFL and IELTS.
Information about TOEFL:
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is the most widely accepted English language test in the world. Foothill College requires one of the following minimum TOEFL scores for admission:
iTEP is a very flexible and affordable International Test of English Proficiency. iTEP delivers English proficiency assessment in only 90 minutes. There is virtually no wait time to register for the test, and the scores are reported within five business days.
Foothill College is now officially an iTEP Test Center. If you are applying to Foothill College from within the United States, you can satisfy our English proficiency requirement for admission right here on campus.
IELTS is the International English Language Testing System. Close to 8,000 education institutions, faculties, government agencies and professional organisations around the world recognize IELTS scores as a trusted and valid indicator of ability to communicate in English. Foothill College requires a minimum Academic IELTS score of 6.0 or higher for admission.
Foothill College will also accept a grade of 2A on the STEP EIKEN test as proof of English proficiency. The EIKEN Test in Practical English Proficiency is Japan's leading language assessment. More information can be found at http://stepeiken.org/. Please note that EIKEN score results more than 2 years old will not be accepted.
Foothill College will also accept a score of 45 and higher on the PTE Academic test as proof of English proficiency instead of TOEFL/IELTS. This is a new international computer-based academic English language test endorsed by Graduate Management Admission Council. More information can be found at http://pearsonpte.com/PTEAcademic/Pages/home.aspx. Please note that PTE Academic score results more than 2 years old will not be accepted.
An intensive, six-week summer English as a Second Language (ESL) program at Foothill College, called the Foothill Summer Intensive English Program, is available for students coming from overseas with the following English test results:
If your English test score is below our minimum for admission, you may wish to attend one of our partner language schools to improve your English proficiency. Foothill College has agreements with several local and national language schools (see list below), which allow guaranteed admission to Foothill upon completion of a specified level at the language school. In this case, TOEFL or IELTS scores are not required.
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American Academy of English is located in San Francisco. TOEFL/IELTS alternative: Advanced Level or University Readiness Program (URP).
Apply to the language school and to Foothill College at the same time. Follow specific requirements for Foothill admission. Enclose a letter with your application materials to Foothill College indicating the language school to which you have applied and requesting a conditional letter of acceptance (CLA). As an alternative, you can submit a copy of the acceptance letter or an I-20 from the language school.
English proficiency can be demonstrated by meeting one of the following conditions instead of demonstrating a TOEFL or an IELTS score. Upon evaluation of your application materials, we may waive the TOEFL or IELTS requirement if you:
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Foothill is now an
iTEP Test Center.
Instead of TOEFL/IELTS,
Take iTEP for admission.