English as a Second Language (ESL)

The College requires students to take the ESL Placement Test if English is not a student’s native language. This is done through a program called Accuplacer. The link below reflects sample test questions.

ESL Placement Test Results

If results indicate the student needs ESL instruction, then he/she must complete the required ESL courses before further enrolling in academic courses.

  • The College offers the following ESL Program:
    • Beginner Block 1 (Reading, Writing and Oral Communication)
    • Intermediate Block 2 (Reading, Writing and Oral Communication)

How to Demonstrate English Proficiency

  • Paper TOEFL score of 550
  • Computer TOEFL score of 213
  • Internet base TOEFL score of 80
  • SAT Critical Reading and Writing Score of 500 or higher
  • ACT Verbal (English and Writing) Score of 21 or higher
  • US Degree (associate, bachelor, or master) from an accredited institution located in a country where English is the native language
  • Successful completion of one college-level English course at a regionally accredited U.S. institution.  This course must be equivalent to TNCC’s English Composition 1 (ENG 111)
  • Successful completion of Thomas Nelson ESL Courses