English Proficiency Policy

English Proficiency Policy for ESL and conditionally admitted undergraduate students with TOEFL scores below 197 (computer test) or 530 (paper test).

In an effort to ensure that Drake's international students improve their English language proficiency while also having an opportunity to pursue degree-related educational goals, the subsequent policy is followed:

A. English Proficiency Improvement Requirement. 
Every student enrolled in English as a Second Language (ESL) classes will be required to show improvement during each semester of enrollment. "Improvement" will be demonstrated by a 20-30 point increase in the student's score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). After two semesters of unsatisfactory progress (insufficient increase in TOEFL scores) the student may not be allowed to re-register.

This requirement is in effect beginning in Summer 1992.

B. Provision for Limited Enrollment in Non-ESL Classes. 
ESL students and conditionally admitted degree-seeking students who score 157 (computer test) or 480 (paper test) or higher on the TOEFL will be required to take ESL classes and show progress as stated above, but will also be permitted to enroll in limited non-ESL Drake courses according to the following standards: 

Category 1: A student who scores 157-173 (computer test) or 480-500 (paper test) on the TOEFL will be allowed to take one non-ESL Drake course on a trial basis for one semester. If the student makes satisfactory progress in that course (a C or better) and meets the English proficiency improvement standards listed in Part A (above), the student will automatically become a Category 2 student. If the student fails to meet either of these criteria, s/he will not be allowed to re-enroll in non-ESL classes for the next term.  

Category 2: A student who scores 173-190 (computer test) or 500-520 (paper test) on the TOEFL will be allowed to take one or two non-ESL Drake courses on a trial basis for one semester. If the student makes satisfactory progress in both courses (C's or better) and meets the English proficiency improvement standards listed in Part A (above), the student will again be allowed to enroll in one or two non-ESL courses for the next term. If the student fails to meet either of the criteria for enrollment in non-ESL courses, s/he will not be allowed to enroll in non-ESL courses for the next term.

Category 3: A student who scores 190-197 (computer test) or 520-530 (paper test) on the TOEFL will be allowed to take up to three non-ESL Drake courses on a trial basis for one semester. If the student makes satisfactory progress (C's or better) in the non-ESL courses, but does not get the 197 (computer test) or 530 (paper test) TOEFL score, the student may again be allowed to enroll in up to three non-ESL courses for the next term after which further evaluations of progress will be made.

This provision is in effect beginning with students admitted for Summer 1993. 

C.  Advising/Registration Procedure.
ESL and conditionally admitted students will be advised by the ESL Coordinator in consultation with the assistant/associate dean of the college in which the student intends to enroll. The ESL Coordinator will give the student a recommendation form indicating ESL classes that are needed and the student will give this to the assistant/associate dean to determine further course options. The same people who advised the student for scheduling must approve any changes or course “drops”.

This procedure is revised effective Summer 2003.

Graduate Students
Students who wish to be considered for admission to graduate study at Drake must have a TOEFL score of 213 (computer test) or 550 (paper test).

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