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International Student FAQs: TOEFL & IELTS

English Proficiency requirement for International (F-1) Applicants

TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language
IELTS: International English Language Testing System

Raritan Valley Community College requires a minimum English Proficiency score requirement on EITHER the TOEFL or IELTS test for admission as an F1 status student. It is best to take your TOEFL or IELTS Test before working on the rest of your documentation. You will not be admitted to RVCC without a passing score.  TOEFL/IELTS results are for admission purposes only.  All students will be required to take RVCC placement testing prior to course registration.
We do not issue the Form I20 for ESL English as a Second Language Studies.

TOEFL Minimum Scores:

  • 65 is required of the IBT, Internet Based Test
  • 525 is required on the paper/pencil version of the test

IELTS Minimum Score:

  • Minimum Broad band Score: 5.5

An exception may be considered for students that have one or more of the following:

  • 12 or more U.S. college/university transfer credits from a regionally accredited school in the Humanities and Social Science general education areas.
  • English Composition course from a regionally accredited U.S. college/university - C grade or better (non-developmental)
  • 6 or more U.S. college/university transfer credits and English Composition from a regionally accredited school
  • Successful completion of Raritan Valley Community College’s ESL Program prior to application deadline.

If you believe you qualify for an exception to the testing requirement, please submit this request for the exception in writing to International Student Services.

You will need an official score report mailed directly from the test center. RVCC’s reporting code for the TOEFL test is 2867. If you pass the TOEFL or IELTS test with the appropriate score, you should then collect and submit other application materials and documentation.

Submit all your documents together in one package. Do not send your application for admission separately. All completed application documentation must be submitted by the appropriate deadline.

For more information, visitwww.toefl.org or www.ielts.org


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