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ESL Test Requirements

MVCC Placement Tests

TOEFL and IELTS are not required for admission into MVCC. International students are required to take math and English placement tests upon arrival to the College if they do not submit appropriate TOEFL, IELTS, or SAT scores. The English and math placement tests determine the student's language and math abilities respectively, as well as placement in the appropriate English or math courses. Placement will be at the discretion of the College in accordance with each student's individual needs.

Students may be placed into college-level coursework or the English as a Second Language Program based on the results of these tests.

Learn more about MVCC's English as a Second Language (ESL) program.

Academic Program/College-level Coursework Requirement

Scores on standardized tests are valid for two years, so the test date must not exceed two years prior to the date of admission. Students will be fully admitted into college-level coursework if they submit one of the following scores:

  • TOEFL PBT: 500
  • Computer-based TOEFL: 173
  • TOEFL iBT: 61
  • IELTS: 5.5

Intensive English Program (IEP)

The IEP program is intended for international students and other non-native speakers of English who have a strong command of their native language, some study of English in their background, and ample time to commit to their college study.

Students must have the following base scores to be admitted into the IEP program:

  •     TOEFL PBT: 437-497
  •     Computer-based TOEFL: 123-170
  •     TOEFL iBT: 41-60
  •     IELTS: 5.0

Standardized test results can be sent to the following address for consideration in placement of academic coursework or the IEP:

Mohawk Valley Community College
International Admissions Office
1101 Sherman Drive
Utica NY 13501-5394