English Language Proficiency

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English language proficiency is required of all students whose home language is not English and who are taking academic courses at Florida Tech. Evidence of English proficiency in the form of results from an Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (iBT), International English Language Testing System test (IELTS), or Pearson's Academic English Language Test (PTE Academic) must be submitted to the university before arrival on campus. Please note that PTE Academic is only for College of Business applicants.

English proficiency is not required for admission; however submission of a TOEFL score is required for the issuance of immigration documents.

Determining Proficiency

The division of languages and linguistics determines the incoming student’s competence in English and establishes the most beneficial program of study. Both undergraduate and graduate students whose home language is not English with scores below 79 on the iBT, 6.5 on IELTS, 58 on PTE Academic are referred to the ELS Language Center on Florida Tech’s Melbourne campus where lower-level ESL courses are taught.

Students whose home language is not English are considered to have demonstrated English language proficiency if they have done any of the following:

  1. Taken an Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) with an earned score of at least a 79, an IELTS with an earned score of at least 6.5, a PTE Academic (CoB applicants only) with an earned score of at least 58; or
  2. Successfully completed the ELS 112 Certificate at the Melbourne, Florida ELS Language Center within two months of their report date at Florida Tech, or
  3. Successfully completed a total of 20 semester hours at an accredited, mainland U.S. university/college where English is the language of instruction, including three semester hours of English that qualify as transfer credit for Florida Tech’s Composition and Rhetoric (COM 1101) course; or
  4. Earned a bachelor’s or higher degree from an accredited, mainland U.S. university/college where English is the language of instruction; or
  5. Attended for three consecutive years, and graduated from, an accredited, U.S.-style high school where English is the language of instruction; or
  6. Obtained an official score of four or higher on either the International Baccalaureate Higher Level Language examination in English, or the College Board Advanced Placement Program (AP) examination in English Language and Composition.