The TOEFL scores necessary for admission to most programs at UAH are as follow. Students in the ESL program will have TOEFL scores above the scores listed below.
Paper-based TOEFL (PBT): 500+
Computer-based TOEFL (CBT): 173+
Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): 62, with the following minimums in each subsection (Reading, 15; Listening, 16; Speaking, 18; Writing, 13
Nonnative speakers of English who have been admitted to the university are required to register for the English Language Placement Test (ELPT). The ELPT is an in-house placement test and assesses the current language skills of incoming students who are nonnative speakers of English. All students who are nonnative speakers of English, including those who may be transferring hours in from other institutions, must register for the ELPT. In some cases, exemptions from part or all of the placement test may be given. However, these exemptions are made in accordance with university policy. Therefore, students should plan to register for the placement test and may receive notification of waivers as appropriate. Based on their performance, considered in conjunction with TOEFL and other standardized scores, students may be placed in one or more ESL courses. For more information regarding testing and placement in the ESL program, follow the relevant links under ELPT above.
Fulfillment of ESL requirement
University policy mandates that students begin fulfilling their ESL requirements in their first semester. Students must complete any required ESL courses prior to graduation. The ESL program comprises five courses, ranging from low intermediate to advanced levels, in oral/aural and written academic discourse. Each course carries 3 hours of credit and counts towards full-time status in terms of SEVIS regulations. Courses can be taken in combination; however, certain restrictions do apply. In addition, beginning in Spring 2008, a language sample is assessed on the first day of class every semester. The purpose of the sample is to identify unique challenges faced by the population of each class. No changes in ESL requirements will be made on the basis of these samples.
Any and all questions about placements should be addressed to the director of ESL at email@example.com. For more information about registration, courses and program completion, follow the relevant links in the navigation bar to the top right.