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English Language Requirements

Entry-Level English at SLU-Madrid

If you have not studied in the U.S. or in any other English-curriculum based high school for at least 4 years (8th - 11th grades), then you must provide SLU-Madrid evidence of your proficiency in academic English. We encourage you to do so through submitting TOEFL IBT exam results to us prior to arrival. SLU-Madrid's institutional code is 7763. See Placement Scores below for additional ways to demonstrate your proficiency in English. 

TOEFL itp at SLU-Madrid

SLU-Madrid offers institutional, paper-based TOEFL exams (TOEFL itp) at the beginning and end of every semester. These official exams are corrected by external examiners; the students who take them receive official score reports from Educational Testing Services (ETS). These reports, however, are valid only for placement at SLU-Madrid. If you would like to take the TOEFL itp with us, please contact hamish.binns@slu.edu.

Upcoming dates for the TOEFL itp and SLU-Madrid's writing placement exams (SLUWE/TWE):

  • Jan. 11, 2022 at 09:30 a.m. (TWE and TOEFL itp)
  • May 5, 2022 at 8:30 a.m. (TOEFL itp)/ May 9, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. (SLUWE)

Based the evidence you provide, SLU-Madrid will place you in one of the following levels of English.

SLU-Madrid's One-Semester Bridge Program

Two courses that help you consolidate your academic English skills while taking courses that lead to your SLU degree.

  • Scholarships: Your merit scholarship is applied.
  • Tuition: SLU-Madrid's full-time undergraduate tuition rate.
  • Credits: During your first semester as a SLU-Madrid student, the six credits of English preparation do not count toward your SLU degree. You may take up to twelve credits in other subjects.

One-Semester Bridge Program

For Placement into the One-Semester Bridge Program

Test Type Minimum Score
TOEFL ITP (SLU Institutional TOEFL) + SLUWE 520 + 3.5
Internet-based TOEFL (IBT) 75 with 17 in Reading and Writing 
TOEFL Essentials 80*
IELTS 6.0 with 6.0 in Reading and Writing
PTE 54
IELA 176 with 169 in Writing and Listening
Duolingo English Test 100*

* Duolingo and TOEFL Essentials scores are only accepted for placement into the One-Semester Bridge Program. For direct entry and placement into ENGL 1500 or higher, students must take the SLU-Madrid institutional TOEFL, the TOEFL IBT, IELTS or any of the other recognized exams as specified below.

English Writing/Rhetoric Courses at SLU-Madrid

SLU-Madrid's liberal arts core curriculum requires you to take writing courses that award you credit toward your SLU degree: ENGL 1500 The Process of Composition; ENGL 1900 Advanced Strategies of Rhetoric and Research; and ENGL 1920 Advanced Writing for Professionals.

  • Credits: 3 credits per course.
  • Tuition: SLU-Madrid's full-time undergraduate tuition rate.
  • Scholarships: Your merit scholarship is applied.

Placement Scores

For Placement into ENGL 1500

Test Type Minimum Score
TOEFL ITP (SLU Institutional TOEFL) + SLUWE 550 + 4.0
Internet-based TOEFL (IBT) 80
IELTS 6.5 with 6.0 in Reading and Writing
IELA 185 with 176 in Writing and Listening
Duolingo English Test 115
PTE 54
SAT: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score  520
ACT: Both English and Reading 19
IB English B: Standard Level  6
IB English B: Higher Level  5
IB English A: Language and Literature: Standard Level 4
IB English A: Language and Literature: Higher Level 3
IB English A: Literature: Standard and Higher Level 3
GCSE/ IGCSE: in English (not English as a Second Language)  C
GCE A/AS/AICE Level: English or English Language  C
 


For Placement into ENGL 1900/1920

Test Type Minimum Score
TOEFL ITP (SLU Institutional TOEFL) + SLUWE 630 + 5.0 = ENGL-1900/1920
Internet-based TOEFL (IBT) 110
IELTS 8 with 7.5 in Reading and Writing
PTE 80
SAT: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score 600
ACT: Both English and Reading 25
IB English B: Higher Level 7
IB English A: Language and Literature: Standard Level 7
IB English A: Language and Literature: Higher Level 4*
IB English A: Literature: Standard and Higher Level 4*
AP English 4 or higher awards advanced placement credit

* A score of 6 or higher awards advanced placement credit.