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English Proficiency

NWACC does not have an Intensive English Program (ESL). All new F-1 and J-1 students & scholars are expected to understand English fluently upon arrival. To ensure this, all new applicants must submit one of the following:

English Verification Type

 F-1 / J-1 Students

 J-1 Scholars

TOEFL Score:
(Test of English as a Foreign Language) 
NWACC TOELF Institutional Code: 9754


Paper Based: 500 
Computer Based: 173 
Internet Based: 61

Paper Based: 550 
Computer Based: 213 
Internet Based: 79

IELTS Score:
(International English Language
Testing System)

Overall Score 6.0
or Higher


Overall Score 6.5 or Higher


PTE Score: 
(Pearson Test of English)

Overall score of 50
or Higher


Overall score of 58 or Higher


Completed COMP I with “C” or Better 
(U.S. Institutions only/Official
Transcript Required)


Does Not 


Graduated High School from an
English Education System
(Diploma Required)


Does Not Qualify

Graduated College from an
English Education System
(Diploma Required)


Does Not Qualify

Waiver from a United States
certified English Language Program (Official Transcript Required)


Does Not Qualify































Citizenship from one of the following countries qualifies for F-1/J-1 students and scholars:

Anguilla Antigua and Barbuda Australia
The Bahamas Barbados Belize
Bermuda Botswana British Virgin Islands
British Indians Ocean Territory Cameroon Canada
Cayman Islands Dominica Falkland Islands
Fiji The Gambia Ghana
Gibraltar Grenada Guernsey
Guyana Ireland Jamaica
Jersey Lesotho Liberia
Malta Montserrat Namibia
Naura New Zealand Northern Ireland
Nigeria Pitcairn Islands Saint Helena
Saint Lucia Saint Kitts and Nevis Scotland
Sierra Leone South Georgia Soloman Islands
Saint Vincent and The Grenadines The South Sandwich Islands Trinidad and Tobago
Tonga Turks and Caicos Islands United Kingdom/England
Virgin Islands Zambia Zimbabwe