English Requirements - International Programs and Services
International students* who wish to be admitted to an Ohlone College degree program or certificate program must demonstrate proof of English proficiency. This may be done any of the following ways:
Students who obtain proof of English proficiency after applying to Ohlone College, or while a student in the Ohlone College English Language Institute (ELI), are eligible for admission to a degree program of study. However, this proof must be submitted to the International Programs and Services office – and the student must have checked in with our office in-person – January 12, 2015, for the Spring 2015 semester.
* On this web page and all other pages of the International Programs and Services website, “International students” means students on or wishing to obtain the F-1 Student Visa.
Students who successfully complete the top level of the Ohlone College English Language Institute (ELI) may join and study in an Ohlone College degree program, without having to take the TOEFL exam. This is the TOEFL Waiver option.
Please see the Ohlone College ELI website for more information.
The TOEFL is conducted in 1 of 3 standard formats. These are below, along with the Ohlone College minimum required score for each type of test:
|TOEFL Test||Required Score|
|internet-Based Test (iBT)||57 or higher|
|Computer-Based Test (CBT)||163 or higher|
|Paper-Based Test (PBT)||490 or higher|
Some organizations offer a non-official version of the TOEFL, called the Institutional TOEFL exam. Ohlone College does accept Institutional TOEFL exam results. Please contact the Office of International Programs and Services for more information.
Visit the main TOEFL website for more detailed information on the TOEFL, including official test locations and how to register.
The IELTS - International English Language Testing System – is another English proficiency test Ohlone College accepts.
|IELTS Test||Required Score|
|Overall Band Score||5.5 or higher|
Visit the IELTS website for more information.
Students may use STEP-EIKEN scores for admission to Ohlone College. An EIKEN Grade of 2A or higher is acceptable.
Visit the EIKEN website for more information.
Students may use the following measures to satisfy the English Proficiency requirements:
Students who have studied for 3 consecutive years or more in high school in a country in which English is a first language, or in a high school in which the primary language of instruction is English. To satisfy the English proficiency requirement, the student must also have obtained a minimum 2.0 Grade Point Average-equivalent in all of their courses, and have obtained the equivalent of C or better grades in all of their English language courses.
Students who have studied for 1 consecutive year or more in a college or university in a country in which English is a first language, or in a college or university in which the primary language of instruction is English (exclude English learning programs). To satisfy the English proficiency requirement, the student must also have obtained a minimum 2.0 Grade Point Average-equivalent in all of their courses, and have obtained the equivalent of C or better grades in all of their English language courses.
Students who have passed the equivalent of Ohlone College course English 101A, with a C grade or better, at another accredited U.S. community college or university can submit an official transcript and relevant course description(s) demonstrating this, as proof of sufficient English proficiency.
Scores of 700 or above on the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) may be used for admission by students who wish to pursue Ohlone College credit course studies for just 1 or 2 semesters. Students who wish to study for a degree or certificate from Ohlone College must fulfill one of the other forms of English proficiency proof listed at this website.
The Ohlone College International Programs and Services office also has agreements in place with some English programs in the U.S., whereby a student's completion of a certain level of English study in that program qualifies the student for a "TOEFL Waiver." This means that the student is considered directly admissible, English language-wise, by Ohlone College. For example, Ohlone College recognizes successful completion of ELS Level 109 for this purpose. If you are presently studying at an English program in the U.S. you may wish to ask an administrator at your program it has this kind of agreement in place with Ohlone College.
Note: Students who are admitted through other measures of English Proficiency are required to take the College English and/or ESL Placement test except for measure #3 stated above.
Ohlone College Placement Tests in English, including tests in English as a Second Language (ESL), may not be used for admission to Ohlone College. Placement tests offered by other community colleges also may not be used for this purpose. Students who do not demonstrate English proficiency via one of the above-listed means are encouraged to consider the option of joining the Ohlone College English Language Institute.
Students must submit proof of required English proficiency along with their application, and no later than 2 weeks before the first day of classes of the semester they wish to begin studies at Ohlone College. Students submitting or confirming proof of English proficiency after this deadline will be ineligible to begin degree program studies; instead, they will have the option of studying in the English Language Institute.
Please contact the Office of International Programs and Services for more information.