English Proficiency Tests

Concordia College requires all nonnative English-speaking international applicants to demonstrate English proficiency.  Students wishing to join Concordia's academic programs can do this by:

  • Submitting acceptable test score results for one of the English tests listed below.  You may email a PDF copy of your official TOEFL or IELTS score report to intl@cord.edu.
  • Submitting acceptable results from the ACT or SAT exam sections listed below
  • Completing 2 full years of secondary school (or higher) in the United States or another predominately English speaking country listed below. 
TEST SCORE
 TOEFL (Internet-based test)  71
 TOEFL (Paper-based test)  525
IELTS (Int'l English Language Testing System) 5.5
Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) 780
 Cambridge - First (FCE), Advanced (CAE) and Proficiency (CPE)  162
 Pearson PTE Academic  50
SAT Critical Reading or SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing Section 450
ACT English Section 14
Duolingo English Test (DET) 40

Applicants completing the TOEFL test, please send your official results to Concordia College using our TOEFL school code of 6113.  You may also create a PDF copy of your official score report and email that to intl@cord.edu and we will verify your result online.

Applicants completing the IELTS test, we request that your official test scores be sent to us from your testing agency.  If you let us know your Test Report Form (TRF) number, we can also check your result online.

Predominately English-Speaking Countries

Students who have completed 2 years of study or maintained citizenship and grew up speaking English in the following English-speaking countries meet the minimum English proficiency requirement for purposes of admission:

 
Anguilla Grand Turks Island Ponape Island
Antigua Grenada Scotland
Australia Guyana Seychelles
Bahamas Ireland Shetland Islands
Barbados Jamaica Singapore
Belize Kenya South Africa
Bermuda Liberia St. Kitts & Nevis
British Virgin Islands Micronesia St. Lucia
Caicos Islands Montserrat St. Vincent & Grenadines
Canada New Caledonia Tanzania
Dominica  New Zealand Trinidad/Tobago
Gambia  Nigeria United Kingdom
Ghana Northern Ireland  Wales
Grand Cayman Islands Philippines Zimbabwe 

Alternative Proficiency Demonstrations

While we prefer the above testing methods, alternative ways of demonstrating English proficiency are possible. Prospective students may also demonstrate their English proficiency the following ways:

  • Achieve a minimum of 450 on the SAT I Critical Reading section
  • Achieve a minimum of 14  on the ACT English section
  • From Norway (with grade 4 or higher in English), or from Sweden (with grade of B or higher in English), or from Finland (with grade of 9 or 10 in English)
  • Successfully pass grade Pre-1 of the Japanese STEP Eiken test in Practical English Proficiency 
  • IB student taking English A or B, Higher or Standard level, with a final score of 5 or higher
  • ELS Language Center Certificate: Level 112 completion
  • Completion of 4 or more semesters at a high school where English is the medium of instruction (Freshmen)
  • Evidence of having completed at least 24 transferable credits from an accredited two or four year post-secondary institution in the U.S. by the time of enrollment at Concordia (and evidence of having completed the full freshmen English requirements with a C- or better)
  • Students on short term study abroad, an official exchange program, or non-degree academic programs, as verified by Global Learning or Office of Admission, such as a partner institution abroad where the degree program of study is in English meet the English proficiency requirement.

NOTE: Applicants who do not meet any of these requirements within the last 2 years may be required to submit additional proof of English proficiency including new standardized test scores.