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Proof of language proficiency by non-native speakers

All applicants whose native language is not English must satisfy one of the following prerequisites before being granted admission to Pellissippi State. Please note that all non-native English speakers who are living outside the United States at the time of application to Pellissippi State must submit valid Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores.

  1. Submit a minimum score on the TOEFL.
    • 450 required on the paper-based TOEFL.
    • 133 required on the computer-based TOEFL.
    • 45 required on the internet-based TOEFL.
  2. Submit a minimum score of 4.5 on the IELTS.  Beginning summer 2015, students need a 5.0 on the IELTS to be admitted.
  3. Achieve a passing score on the Michigan Test. Please note that this option is valid only for students who are living in Knoxville, Tennessee, at the time of application to Pellissippi State. The Michigan Test can be attempted only twice. Testing appointments can be made by contacting Ms. Debbie Benedict at 865-694-6580.
  4. Submit a transcript showing graduation from a U.S. high school or completion of the General Educational Development (GED) exam. Please note that the GED must be taken in English to satisfy the English proficiency requirement.
  5. Submit a transcript showing satisfactory completion (a grade of at least C) of college-level English Composition I from a U.S. college or university.
  6. Submit a letter from an ELS director confirming successful completion of level 109.
  7. To enroll directly into English 1010, students need to earn a 525 on paper TOEFL, 70 on internet TOEFL or 6.5 on IELTS test.

Residents of the following countries are exempt from providing proof of English language:

  • American Samoa
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Canada (except Quebec)
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Grand Cayman
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Liberia
  • New Zealand
  • Trinidad/Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • U.S. Pacific Trust