English Language Proficiency Requirement

Success at Johnson State College, for all students, requires proficiency in reading, writing and speaking English. For this reason, foreign students seeking admission to Johnson State College must demonstrate their proficiency by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and International English Language Testing System (IELTS).


Score Requirements for Undergraduate Applicants

Students with TOEFL test scores between 500 and 549, or 61-80 on the Internet-based tests, and IELTS test scores of 6 will be required to expand their proficiency in English. Typically, these students will enroll in a two-semester sequence of ESL courses in writing and reading, grammar, and listening and speaking during their first year at JSC.


Exceptions to the TOEFL requirement may be made for students who have had the opportunity to use spoken and written English for a sustained period of time either through life experiences or through post-secondary education. Students who have been granted a waiver of the TOEFL requirement may be required to pursue 12-15 credits of ESL course work during their first year of study.

Score Requirements for Graduate Applicants

Students applying to a graduate program are required to have TOEFL test scores of 500 or better, or 80 or better on the Internet-based test, and IELTS scores of 6.5 or better.

Official TOEFL scores must be submitted to Johnson State College from the Educational Testing Service. A photocopy of a student’s TOEFL scores will not be accepted.


Our institutional code for the TOEFL is 3766.