You can demonstrate your English Proficiency by fulfilling just one of the following criteria:

  • Attendance at a high school where English is the language of instruction. Submit a letter from the head master or registrar verifying that attendance of high school/college/university in a foreign country for a minimum of 3 years with English as the language of instruction for ALL academic courses and submit transcripts showing attendance, with grades of C or better (or the equivalent) in all classes.

  • U.S. Education: Send official transcripts from all U.S. schools (high school/college/university) attended to the International Student Center showing completion of one academic year of English (no ESL/ELD classes) with a grade of C or better in each English class. This only reflects courses taken in the U.S.; does not include Intensive English Programs/ESL. 
  • TOEFL: Minimum score 450 paper based test, 45 internet based test. Send an official score report to Pasadena City College, ETS Code: 4604. E-delivery preferred.
    Please Note: We cannot accept TOEFL "Institutional Testing Program" (ITP) scores.
  • IELTS Academic: Minimum score of 5.0. Send an official score report to Pasadena City College. E-delivery preferred.

  • iTEP: Minimum score of 3. Send an official score report. 

  • STEP-Eiken: Minimum 2nd Grade. Send an official report. 

  • Duolingo English Test: Minimum score of 75 - first attempt only. Send an official score report to Pasadena City College. E-delivery preferred.

    Score Reports must be less than two years old.

    E-transcripts
    are accepted from U.S. high schools, colleges and universities. Request transcripts to be emailed to the International Student Center at iso@pasadena.edu.  

You can also demonstrate your English proficiency by submitting a certificate of completion from one of the following English language schools: