College of Arts and Sciences

English as a Second Language

All students whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English before admission to IPFW. Prospective ESL students must take the TOEFL or CaMLA English Placement (available locally) to be admitted to IPFW. Students will be admitted and assigned to an advising unit based on their test scores. They must write an English placement essay following admission to determine which writing and/or reading classes they need. The only students exempt from this requirement are those who provide credit for freshman composition taken at accredited colleges or universities. 

There are two ways to demonstrate proficiency: 

  1. Provide an acceptable, recent (within the year) TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score. TOEFL tests are given at specific centers throughout the world and require advance registration and a fee. 
  2. Take the CaMLA English Placement Test administered at IPFW. It is given once a month except September and February.
    The CaMLA is available as a free service only for those students seeking admission to IPFW.