English Resources

English Proficiency requirement

To be considered for admissions, students must meet the language proficiency requirement by obtaining a minimum score on one of the following exams:

  • TOEFL  School Code: 4686  Dept Code: 00  Minimum Score: 500 paper-based or 61 iBT
  • IELTS  Academic Module Minimum Band Score: 5.5
  • STEP-EIKEN Minimum Score: Step 2A
  • PTE  Academic Test Minimum Score:  42 
  • Duolingo Minimum Overall Score: 90
  • Participation in a Partner English Language Program (see below for more information)


english language school option

We understand that taking a standardized examination to assess your English may be challenging. We offer another option to help you meet our English Language Proficiency requirement- You can take English courses with in a Partner English Language Program. Upon completion of a certain English level in a partner’s English Language Program or by the recommendation of the program, students will be eligible to transfer to San José City College without taking a standardized exam. Students attending any of the listed language institutes are eligible to transfer to SJCC under this partnership agreement.  

See a list of Partner Language Schools(link)


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