Proficiency scale

The ESL Institute offers six levels of proficiency ranging from Level 1 for absolute beginners to Level 6 for advanced students. In order to accommodate a variety of personal needs and schedules, and to satisfy federal immigration requirements, the ESL Institute provides full-time and part-time courses.

Students enrolled in part-time courses have 12 contact hours of instruction per week. Additionally, they are advised to dedicate at least 8 hours per week to self-study in order to ensure language progress. Full-time courses consist of 20 contact hours per week.

At the end of each course, both full-time and part-time students are required to take the TOEFL ITP test. The chart below presents a list of levels available at the ESL Institute at UTC. Each UTC level corresponds to a proficiency placement on the CEFR and ACTFL scales. Also listed are the target TOEFL ITP scores for each level.

UTC level                   

CEFR level                

ACTFL level   

Full-time course number

Part-time course number

Online placement test scores

Target TOEFL ITP scores

Course duration 

Level 1

Pre-A1 (Beginner)

Novice Low

Novice Mid

NC21R

NC11R

 0

0-343

16 weeks

Level 1

Part II

Pre-A1 (High beginner)

Novice Mid

NC41R

NC31R

0-10

0-343

8 weeks

Level 2

A1 (Elementary)

Novice High

NC22R

NC12R

 1-20

347-393

16 weeks

Level 2 

Part II

A1 (High elementary)

Novice High

NC42R

NC32R

10-30

347-393

8 weeks

Level 3

A2 (Pre-intermediate)

Intermediate Low

NC23R

NC13R

 20-40

397-435

16 weeks

Level 3

Part II

A2 (High pre-intermediate)

Intermediate Low

NC43R

NC33R

30-50

397-435

8 weeks

Level 4

B1 (Intermediate)

Intermediate Mid

Intermediate High

NC24R

NC14R

 40-60

437-487

16 weeks

Level 4

Part II

B1 (High intermediate)

Intermediate High

NC44R

NC34R

50-70

437-487

8 weeks

Level 5

B2 (Upper-intermediate)

Advanced Low

Advanced Mid

NC25R

NC15R

 60-80

493-537

16 weeks

Level 5

Part II

B2 (High upper-intermediate)

Advanced Mid

NC45R

NC35R

70-90

493-537

8 weeks

Level 6

C1 (Advanced)

Advanced High

NC26R

NC16R

 Over 80

540-577

16 weeks

Level 6

Part II

C1 (High advanced)

Advanced High

NC46R

NC36R

Over 90

540-577

8 weeks 


Online placement test scores must be validated by an oral placement test during the first day of class. The ESL Institute reserves the right to change the initial placement of a student based on oral test performance and faculty recommendations. 

All students are required to take the TOEFL ITP test at the end of their course. Click here to learn more about the TOEFL ITP test and the TOEFL scores required for admission purposes at UTC. 

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References

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. (2010). Assigning CEFR Ratings to ACTFL Assessments. Retrieved from https://www.actfl.org/sites/default/files/reports/Assigning_CEFR_Ratings_To_ACTFL_Assessments.pdf

Zwier, L. (2015). Correlations to International Standards and Tests. Retrieved from http://fdslive.oup.com/www.oup.com/elt/teachers/qskillsforsuccess/correlations/q2e_cefr_correlations_sheet.pdf