Applying to the IEP

Admission Requirements

  • IEP students must be at least 18 years old by the first day of class.
  • Students must have a proficiency level higher than a true beginner in the English language to be accepted into the IEP. Elementary Level is the upper elementary, or CEFR A2, level. Elementary Level is within IELTS band 4, and it equates approximately to a TOEFL iBT score of 31 and a TOEFL Essentials band score of 3.5.
  • Online IEP students must have regular access to an electronic device with audio and video capabilities, and a reliable internet connection.


International students who will be on F-1 visas should read Process for International Students before applying. International students with sponsors must have sponsors complete a Guarantor Letter. This letter should be signed by hand; electronic signatures are not acceptable.

Orientation, Placement Test, Enrollment, and Registration

New IEP students must attend the New Student Orientation before the first day of the IEP session. During or before the orientation, students will take a placement test to identify their level of English proficiency. Students will be placed into a level based on their results. The placement test is free and takes about one hour to complete. The placement test may be waived if the student provides an original copy of a TOEFL or IELTS test report form which is not more than two years old.
The ESL Administrator meets with each IEP student after level placement to finish enrollment and course registration. Tuition and the $75 registration fee are due at that time.