English Proficiency Requirements

English Proficiency Requirements

Albion College does not offer Intensive English classes; we require students to enter with sufficient English proficiency to succeed in our discussion-based and reading-intensive classes. For this reason, we require demonstration of English proficiency for admission.

Exemptions:Students who have been living in and enrolled for their primary and secondary education in the following countries do not need to show English proficiency, but must submit SAT or ACT results:

  • Canada (except Quebec)
  • United Kingdom
  • Ireland
  • New Zealand
  • Australia
  • British Caribbean and British West Indies
  • Belize
  • Guyana
Minimum Total Score Minimum Subscore Notes
SAT
(after March 2016)
510 in Reading/Writing
ACT 19 in English and Reading
TOEFL iBT: 79 or higher
pBT: 550 or higher
iBT: 17 or higher
pBT: *new exam*
*Contact admissions for more information
IELTS 6.5 6.0
ELS Completion of ELS 112 Upon receipt of official certification directly from ELS
US High School B and above in 3 years of non-ESL English Must be enrolled in the United States
US College or University C and above in the equivalent of Must be Regionally Accredited in the US
GCSE, iGCSE, AS, or Advanced Level Exams* C or above on English - First Language, English Language A, English Literature, or equivalent Must provide official exam report. Exam must not be designed for second-language learners
International Baccalaureate 5 or above in English A Higher Level or Standard Level accepted

*Students who meet English proficiency through school enrollment, GCSE/A-Level/IB results or native language should provide an official SAT or ACT result for application review.


Small classes are great, especially for those of us who use English as a second language. They allow you to interact with your peers and teachers and practice your English. Matthew, Hong Kong, Psychology and International Studies, 2019