Kirkwood Community College

Kirkwood Community College Credit Catalog 2011-2012

English Language Proficiency

3052 Cedar Hall
319-398-5581

To assure that students whose first language is not English are prepared to complete college-level course work, proficiency in English must be demonstrated. These students, including graduates of American high schools, international students, permanent residents, refugees and U.S. citizens, can demonstrate English language proficiency by earning one of the following:

  • ACT composite scores of 15 or higher with English sub scores of 15 or higher.
  • SAT verbal scores of 290 or higher.
  • Standard TOEFL scores of 500 or higher or computer-based equivalent scores of 173 or higher.
  • Kirkwood English Language Acquisition (ELA) placement scores of Level Six.

Note: All test scores must be earned within the two years prior to applying to the college.

With the exception of Level Five reading and writing bridge classes, students may not register for credit classes until they complete Level Five of the ELA program, unless they have written permission from the program coordinator.

Developmental credit is awarded for ELA classes with a maximum of two credit hours allowed toward an associate degree. Six elective credits are awarded for International Elements of Writing and International Effective Reading and Study Skills, as these are bridge courses.

Students without student visas who want to obtain the basic English language skills and knowledge necessary for employment and self-sufficiency should contact the Kirkwood Resource Center at 319-784-1510.