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Required Testing for Students Outside the U.S.

If you are  outside of the United States, you are required to take a standardized exam to demonstrate your level of English proficiency. 

You are required to meet the minimum English level to be admitted to the College.  
     -  If you score at the minimum levels, you  will be tested again upon arrival at the College to be placed into the correct English classes.
     -  If you plan to apply in the ESL non-credit program ONLY (English as a Second Language), you MUST write number 724 on the box (page2) for the major code on the Montgomery College admission application form. 

**Once you have received the test results, please contact us to check that we have also received the test result. It is your responsibility to check with us if we have received the test result.

Standardized Examinations accepted by Montgomery College

Test of English as a Foreign Language [TOEFL] 

  • The TOEFL is administered in many countries.
  • There are two common versions of this test.  
    • The minimum scores for admission are:
      -The minimum score for admission to ESL non-credit program ONLY is 385 paper-based exam                                  
      -The minimum score for admission to College degree is 420 paper-based exam
      -The minimum score for admission to ESL non-credit program ONLY is 28 internet-based exam 

      -The minimum score for admission to College degree is 36 internet-based exam
  • If you score over 575 (paper-based exam) and 90 (internet-based exam), you may be placed directly into College English without additional testing upon arrival at Montgomery College.
  • Please see www.toefl.org to arrange testing. 
  • Send test scores to your campus; campus codes are: Germantown 5393, Rockville 5440, Takoma Park/Silver Spring 5414.

 International English Language Testing System [IELTS] 

  • IELTS is administered by the British Council and is often offered more frequently than TOEFL.
  • The minimum score for admission to College degree is an overall 5.0
  • The minimum score for adimission to ESL non-credit program ONLY is an overall 3.5
  • If you score over 6.5 overall, you may be placed directly into College English without additional testing upon arrival at Montgomery College.
  • Please see www.ielts.org to arrange testing.
  • Send test scores to your campus; see the IELTS website for test score reporting instructions.  

Scholastic Aptitude Test [SAT] 

  • The SAT is administered in some countries. 
  • The minimum score for admission to College degree is 400 on each of the English sections, Verbal and Reading.
  • If you score over 500, you may be placed directly into College English without additional testing upon arrival at Montgomery College. 
  • Please see www.collegeboard.com to arrange testing. 
  • Send test scores to your campus; campus codes are: Germantown 5393, Rockville 5440, Takoma Park/Silver Spring 5414.

 

Students who must take additional testing upon arrival should see the College's  Assessment & Placement page for more information.

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