Admission of Non-Native English Speakers

All non-native speakers of English must provide evidence of English language proficiency by meeting one of the following options:

  1. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)—Minimum score of 500 ITP (paper-delivered TOEFL) or 61 iBT (Internet-delivered TOEFL). Official score should be sent to Gadsden State, institution code 1262. Scores are only valid for two years.
  2. IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 5.5.
  3. STEP (Society for Testing English Proficiency) Eiken score Pre-First
  4. Alabama Language Institute (ALI): Students who study in ALI may meet the language requirement by completing all specified advanced level classes with a grade of A or B.
  5. Completion of English Composition: Students transferring from another U.S. institution may meet the English language proficiency requirement through completion of at least 3 credit hours in English Composition (101) with a grade of “C” or higher.

This policy applies to all non-native English speakers entering GSCC who have not received an American high school diploma or GED taken in English or who do not have credit for English Composition (101) from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. Contact the International Programs Office for more information: P.O. Box 227, Gadsden, AL 35902; telephone 256.549.8324 or 256.549.8438; email international@gadsdenstate.edu or go to https://www.gadsdenstate.edu/students/important-information.cms.