as a Second Language
If English is not a student's native language, TCC requires the student to take
the English as a Second Language (ESL) placement test.
If the ESL placement test results indicate that the student needs ESL instruction, then he/she must successfully complete the required ESL courses before enrolling in academic courses.
TCC offers an
intensive ESL program consisting of four levels:
- Intermediate I
- Intermediate II
Students whose first language is not English can demonstrate English
proficiency in one of the following ways:
- Paper TOEFL score of 550
- Computer-based TOEFL score of 213
- Internet based TOEFL (iTB) score of 80
- SAT Critical Reading and Writing score of 500 or higher
- ACT Verbal (English and Writing) score of 18 or higher
- Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) grade
of A, B, or C
- British “O” Level English pass (grade A-C)
- Possession of an American degree (associate, bachelor, or master) or
the equivalent from an accredited institution located in a country where
English is the native language.
- Successful completion* of one college-level English course at a
U.S. institution. This course must be equivalent to Tidewater
Community College's English Composition I (ENG 111).
- Successful completion of TCC’s ESL
Students may be exempt from English placement testing and placed directly into ENG 111 based on the following:
- ACT scores on BOTH the English and Reading sections: 18 or greater, taken within the last two years.
- SAT scores in BOTH Critical Reading and Writing: 500 or greater, taken within the last two years.
- Successful completion of TCC's ESL Bridge Courses
- Successful completion* of one college-level Englilsh course at a regularly accredited US institution. This course must be equivalent to TCC's English Composition I (ENG 111).
* Successful completion is defined as obtaining
a grade of C (2.0) or higher.