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ESL/English for Academic Purposes Credit Courses

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English as a Second Language Program (ESL) for Academic Purposes courses at the College of Central Florida are listed in the catalog under the college prep heading beginning with the codes EAP, REA and ENC. These credit courses are designed to prepare a non-native English speaker for success in a chosen degree program.  ESL courses are offered every semester and cost the same as all credit courses. 

If you need to improve your English skills before beginning your academic classes, this program is ideal. The ESL program improves your English skills, including grammar, reading, writing, listening and speaking. 

Step One: Application

Download and complete an application for admission to CF at www.CF.edu

If you are wanting to take ESL classes only for a few semesters, please apply for the Liberal Arts AA degree (#1491) and then make a notation that you will need ESL courses for the first few semesters

Step Two:  Placement Testing

CF does not require a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for international student admission. All new CF students must take a placement test to assess their English and mathematics proficiency. Students whose test results show adequate skills will be eligible for college level, degree course work. Others will be required to take ESL classes until language requirements have been met.

Placement Test Scores for non-Native English Speakers and
Enrollment in ESL and Degree Program Courses

Individual Scores in the skill areas below: EAP Level 1 Courses EAP Level 2 Courses College Prep Level 1 Courses College Prep Level 2 Courses Degree seeking Courses
Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills 49 or below the student is placed in EAP Level 1 Courses Score of 50-60 the student is placed EAP level 2 Courses Score of 61-71 the student is placed in College Prep Level 1 Courses Score of 72-82 the student is placed in College Prep Level 2 courses Score of 83 or above in both skill areas allows student to take degree courses

PERT Placement For Non-Native English Speakers
Reading EAP Level 1 EAP Level 2 REA 0007 REA 0017 Degree Seeking Courses
 50-60 61-75 76-89 90-103 104-Above
Writing EAP Level 1 EAP Level 2 ENC 0015 ENC 0025 Degree Seeking Courses
50-65 66-72 73-89 90-98 99-Above

* Please note that placement may also include consideration of transfer credits that individual students may have, spoken and written English proficiency, and any TOEFL, IELTS or STEP/EIKEN test scores that are presented at time of course placement and initial registration.

If you have a TOEFL, International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Society for Testing English Proficiency (STEP) score, no older than 12 months, the chart below shows your placement. Test scores will only be accepted before students begin coursework. All new international students must take the CPT before registration to ensure appropriate placement in mathematics.







173 and

500 and


Grade 2A and above

Step Three:  Registration

After placement testing and assessment each student will meet with the director of ESL and the academic advisor for registration in the appropriate courses.

Step Four:  Classes Begin

For a complete list of courses offered per semester, please see the link under “Quick Links”

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