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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 take only ESL (English as a Second Language), and not study for a College degree or certificate, you should apply to an English Language school to obtain an I-20 to apply for an F-1 student visa stamp at a U.S. Consulate. 

Standardized Examinations accepted by Montgomery College

Scholastic Aptitude Test [SAT] 

  • The SAT is administered in some countries. 
  • The minimum score for admission is 400 on each of the English sections, Verbal and Reading.
  • If you score over 550, 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.

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:
         400 paper-based exam
         32 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 is an overall 5.0.
  • 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.  

 

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

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