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Proof of English Proficiency

In order to be admitted to Bluegrass Community and Technical College with an F-1 visa, all students whose native language is not English must provide official and recent documentation of English proficiency. The Office of Admissions will not accept scanned copies, unofficial transcripts of English programs, or photocopies of results. Students may submit one of the types of evidence listed below. 

Students from English-speaking locations may waive the requirement to provide proof of English proficiency. View the list of English-speaking locations below.


English Language Tests

Evidence Minimum Requirement for Admission
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • 500 paper-based test (pBT)
  • 61 internet-based test (iBT)
International English Language Testing Service (IELTS)
  • 6 Overall Band Score
Duolingo English Test (DET)
  • 95
Pearson Test of English (PTE)
  • 50
Michigan English Test (MET)
  • 50

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Prior Coursework

Evidence Minimum Requirement for Admission
Completion of an accredited intensive English program (IEP)* Official documentation of program completion
Completion of English 101 (freshman composition) at another college or university** Official transcripts showing completion of classes with grade B or higher

*IEP-accrediting organizations include the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) and the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET).

**Online coursework is not accepted for English proficiency.

Students who attend and receive a diploma from a U.S. high school or who come from a country with English as the official language are not required to submit proof of English proficiency.

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ESL (English Second Language) Admission

If an applicant does not meet the English proficiency requirements for college courses, they may be eligible to be admitted into English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. Potential ESL students must provide official and recent (no older than 18 months) documentation of English proficiency.

The following methods are suitable proof of English proficiency:

Test Minimum Requirement for ESL Admission
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • 400 paper-based test (pBT)
  • 32 internet-based test (iBT)
International English Language Testing Service (IELTS)
  • 4 Overall Band Score
Duolingo English Test (DET)
  • 65
Pearson Test of English (PTE)
  • 40

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English-Speaking Locations

List of Territorial Entities Where English is an Official Language
Akrotiri and Dhekelia Federated States of Micronesia Mauritius Seychelles
American Samoa Fiji Montserrat Sierra Leone
Anguilla Ghana Namibia Singapore
Antigua and Barbuda Gibraltar Nauru Sint Maarten
Australia Grenada New Zealand Solomon Islands
Bahamas Guam Nigeria South Africa
Barbados Guernsey Niue South Sudan
Belize Guyana Norfolk Island Sudan
Bermuda Hong Kong Northern Mariana Islands Tanzania
Botswana India Pakistan The Gambia
British Indian Ocean Territory Ireland Palau Tonga
British Virgin Islands Isle of Man Papua New Guinea Trinidad and Tobago
Burundi Jamaica Philippines Turks and Caicos Islands
Cameroon Jersey Pitcairn Islands Tuvalu
Canada Kenya Puerto Rico U.S. Virgin Islands
Cayman Islands Kiribati Rwanda Uganda
Cook Islands Lesotho Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha United Kingdom
CuraƧao Liberia Saint Kitts and Nevis United States
Dominica Malawi Saint Lucia Vanuatu
Eswatini Malta Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Zambia
Falkland Islands Marshall Islands Samoa Zimbabwe

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