English Language Requirements

Saint Louis University students whose first language is not English will be placed into the appropriate English course based on their proficiency in academic English.

Students will be placed in one of the following:

  • ENGL 1900: Advanced Strategies of Rhetoric and Research or ENGL 1920: Advanced Writing for Professionals. Fulfills the University's liberal arts core curriculum requirement.
  • ENGL 1500: The Process of Composition. Provides elective credits towards University degree programs.
  • The ESL Undergraduate Bridge Program. This course does not provide credits towards degree programs; however, students may simultaneously enroll in degree-bearing credits. The course is designed to reinforce students' academic English proficiency in preparation for ENGL 1500.
  • The Academic English Program. This full-time, non-credit program prepares students for entry into SLU degree programs.

Students who have not achieved sufficient English placement test score to enter the ESL Undergraduate Bridge Program or who have no official test score with which to enter the university may apply to the Academic English program. Level is measured by an academic essay that students write while on campus.

Placement Scores

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: Writing and Language (with essay) 32
SAT: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score 580
ACT: Both English and Reading 24
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*

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

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
PTE 54
SAT: Writing and Language (with essay) 28
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
GCSE/ IGCSE: in English (not English as a Second Language)  C
GCE A/AS/AICE Level: English or English Language  C

 

For Placement into ESL Undergraduate Bridge Program

Test Type Minimum Score
TOEFL ITP (SLU Institutional TOEFL) + SLUWE 520 + 3.5
Internet-based TOEFL (IBT) 75
IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in reading and writing
PTE 54

 

For Placement into Academic English Program

Test Type Minimum Score
TWE/ SLUWE 2.5