International Students

Acceptable English Language Proof for Admission

You must provide one of the following forms of English language assessment for admission to Hawkeye Community College.

  1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    • minimum score of 500 on the paper-based TOEFL (173-computer-based, 61-iBT) for unrestricted admission
  2. International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    • minimum overall band score (academic track) of 6.0 for unrestricted admission
  3. Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
    • grade of A or B for unrestricted admission
    • grade of C for restricted admission
  4. Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
    • grade of A or B for unrestricted admission
    • grade of C for restricted admission
  5. Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)
    • minimum score of 80 for unrestricted admission
    • minimum score of 75 for restricted admission
  6. Advanced Placement International English Language (APIEL)
    • score of 4 or 5 for unrestricted admission
    • score of 3 for restricted admission
  7. General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (GCE A-level)
    • pass in English with a grade of A, B, or C from one of the five British-based examining boards
  8. ACT Assessment
    • English test minimum score of 19
  9. SAT I Verbal
    • minimum score of 460
  10. SAT II English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT)
    • minimum score of 965
  11. International Baccalaureate (IB)
    • grade of 4, 5, 6, or 7 in English A1 or A2 at the Higher Level (HL) or Standard Level (SL)
  12. Complete Level 7 of the University of Northern Iowa’s Culture and Intensive English Program (CIEP) with recommendation from the Director of CIEP.

  13. Complete one semester of college level English composition from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university with a minimum grade of C.


International Student Services


Marina Durinova
Hawkeye Center 208
telephone (voice):
    +1 319-296-2329, ext.1590
   +1 319-296-1028
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Hawkeye Community College
International Student Admissions
1501 East Orange Road
P.O. Box 8015
Waterloo, IA 50704-8015

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