English Proficiency

Applicants to all academic programs, including the Professional/Technical, College Transfer, and Short-term Certificate programs must show proof of English proficiency when they apply, in order to be admitted into the programs.  Some professional/technical and short-term programs have waiting lists, so it is important to apply in advance of the desired quarter. 

English Proficiency

English proficiency is required for admission to all regular academic programs and students can prove their English proficiency by providing the following test scores:

TOEFL 500 (paper-based)/ 173 (CBT)/61 (iBT)
IELTS 5.0 with no IELTS band lower than 5.0--academic version only
Cambridge CAE grade C or better
TOEIC 610 or higher
EIKEN/STEP Pre-1st grade

Applicants With No Proof of English Proficiency

If you do not have the required English proficiency, you will take an English placement test after arriving in Spokane.  The results of the placement test will help determine your IELP level.

You can find more information about the IELP program at both our campuses here.  A description of the IELP in Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese (traditional), Chinese (simplified), Spanish, Korean, and Vietnamese is also available here.

By applying to both the IELP and the college program of your choice, you will be granted admission to the IELP and conditional admission to the college program.  Remember, though, some professional/technical programs do have wait lists so admission into those programs will require you to, 1) be admitted to them and 2) for you to have completed required pre-requisites.  Specific program placement into the IELP will be determined by taking an English placement test after arriving in Spokane.

TOEFL and IELTS Score Results

Applicants who have taken the TOEFL or IELTS test will need to send CCSofficial score reports with their application to prove English proficiency.  Scanned/emailed or faxed copies of official score reports are accepted for initial admission into college programs.  However, applicants do need to send us official English proficiency reports.

TOEFL Scores

Applicants who want ETS (www.ets.org) to send official scores directly to Community Colleges of Spokane should use the following codes for them to be sent electronically to us:
  • 4739 (Spokane Community College)
  • 4752 (Spokane Falls Community College)
All test scores will be verified by the official testing provider using the applicant's TOEFL registration ID number.

IELTS Scores

Applicants who want their IELTS test scores to be verified can provide the Global Education Center with their Test Report Form Number