Credit Intermediate and Advanced Classes (Levels 2-4)

Classes emphasize vocabulary, reading, grammar, writing, listening, and speaking. These levels focus on preparing students for academic tasks such as writing essays, taking notes, reading textbooks, and making presentations to help with transition into their majors.

Students' initial enrollment level is determined by submitted TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Entrance Criteria

Level 2 397 30 4.5
Level 3 437 41 5
Level 4 480 54 5.5
College 520 68 6

All new students must successfully complete ESL 100 Orientation.

Learning activities among courses at each level are linked, and students are required to successfully complete all courses at each level in order to move to the next level. Students successfully meeting the minimum TOEFL score while enrolled in any level are not required to complete the next level, but may matriculate to their majors after completing any required placement testing. Students must meet all entrance requirements for their majors before they will be allowed to enroll.
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Admission requirements for ESL credit program

Applicants who wish to apply to the ESL program must provide documentation of a minimum TOEFL score of 397 ITP, 30 IBT, or IELTS no less than 4.5.
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Conditional acceptance may be available for applicants who do not meet minimum English proficiency requirements but are otherwise academically qualified for admission. An offer of conditional admission means that once you have met English proficiency requirements, have successfully passed Penn College's placement exams, and have shown sufficient financial guarantee, Penn College will reevaluate your status for full admission to an academic program.

Applicants will receive a Penn College ESL Program Expectations and Procedures document, which will explain the policies of the program and important information. They will be expected to sign the document.

At the conclusion of the program, students must meet minimum placement requirements to matriculate to an associate or baccalaureate major.