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Course Placement

Students who have not met the UW English Language Proficiency Requirement are placed into Academic English Program (AEP) courses according to test scores from TOEFL iBT, IELTS, SAT, or ACT. The average of the reading and writing scores is used for placement into the academic reading/writing courses (ENGL 102-103). The average of the listening and speaking scores is used to determine if the academic listening speaking course (ENGL 104) is required. Students with SAT and/or ACT scores who have not yet met the English Language Proficiency Requirement must also demonstrate academic English listening proficiency by passing the AEP listening placement test.

Students may challenge their placement or try to satisfy the English language proficiency requirement by re-taking any of these tests or by taking the AEP placement test. If multiple scores are presented, the highest scores are used.

TOEFL iBT average of Reading and Writing
equals or less than 20 102
21, 22 103
equals or greater than 23 exempt from writing sequence

TOEFL iBT average of Listening and Speaking
equals or less than 22 104 required
equals or greater than 23 exempt from 104

IELTS average of Reading and Writing
equals or less than 6.0 102
equals or less than 6.5 103
equals or greater than 6.75 exempt from writing sequence

IELTS average of Listening and Speaking
equals or less than 6.5 104 required
equals or greater than 6.75 exempt from 104

SAT Average of Critical Reading (CR) and Writing (W)
Equals or less than 435 102
440 - 485 103
equals or greater than 490 exempt from writing sequence

ACT Average of Reading (R) and English and Writing (EW)
equals or less than 18 102
19 - 21 103
equals or greater than 22 exempt from writing sequence