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English Placement Policy

Placement Policy for Degree-Seeking International Students in First-Year Composition Courses

International students who have submitted TOEFL or IELTS scores for admission to Stout will be placed according to their test scores:

    • ENGL 101: Students who have composite TOEFL scores of 79 (iBT) or 550 (paper-based) or IELTS 6.5 or higher are eligible to enroll in ENGL 101. 
    • ENGL 090: Students who have composite TOEFL scores between 70-78 (iBT) or 523-549 (paper-based) or IELTS 6.0 should enroll in a designated ESL section of ENGL 090; upon successful completion of ENGL 090 with a grade of “C” or better, students can enroll in ENGL 101 the following semester.

The following groups of international students, who do not have a TOEFL or IELTS requirement, will be placed according to the following: 

Graduates of other ESL programs

    • Will be placed based on GPA in their ESL program:
      • 3.0 or better will be placed in ENGL 101
      • 2.0 – 2.99 will be placed in ENGL 090

Students from English-speaking countries such as Canada, Australia, Nigeria and South Africa and transfers from other universities, colleges or high schools in the U.S. or Canada

    • Will take the English Placement Exam                                                                               

Transfers who have already completed a course equivalent to ENGL 101 at another U.S. university.

    • The English 101 requirement can be waived based on the Transfer Coordinator’s recommendation.