TOEFL/IELTS Requirement

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores are required for official admission as an F-1 International Student as a college level ready. Original TOEFL or IELTS results must be submitted. Richland College institution code is 6607. The departmental code is 00.
English assessment (TSI) will be required upon your arrival, as TOEFL /IELTS scores will not exempt you from the TSI assessment to determine eligibility for college level placement.
If you are applying for the Intensive English Program (AECI), you will be exempt from this requirement.

Applicants for the Intensive English Program are exempt from TOEFL or IELTS test; however, copies of their High School (Secondary School) or University transcripts with grades of English classes are required.
I-20 will be issued for Language Training only, with the major: “Second Language Learning” (please read more information below).
Upon completion of the Intensive English Program, students will have an opportunity to enter the college level program at Richland College, and their I-20 will be changed to an Associate program at that time.

TOEFL RequirementsCollege Level (minimum score)Intensive English Program
Paper Based530 or higherRecommended to have at least 430 or higher
Internet Based71 or higherRecommended to have at least 39 or higher
IELTS Requirement: 6 or higher overall band score

The TOEFL/IELTS requirement may be waived for Dallas County Community College District schools offering Intensive English Programs. The student will need to place in at minimum the lowest level of the Intensive English Program of the American English and Culture Institute of Richland College. If scores of the assessment test indicate ability less than the lowest level offered by the Intensive English Program at Richland College, the student will be required to transfer to a school that offers program with a lower level of beginning English. Applicants for the Intensive English Program will receive the I-20 for Language Training only, with the major: "Second Language Learning".

If you meet one of the following criteria, you will be exempt from the TOEFL requirement for admissions to college level courses:

  • You are a graduate of an accredited U.S. college or university; or
  • You are a native of speaker of English from a country in which English is the primary language of the majority as documented by the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Languages. (Anguilla, Australia, The Bahamas, Antigua & Barbuda, Belize, Bermuda, Canada, Grenadines & St. Vincent, Great Britain including Scotland, Grenada, Guyana, The Irish Republic, Jamaica, Montserrat, Nevis & Saint Kitts, New Zealand, Trinidad & Tobago); or
  • You have an official transcript from an accredited college or university in the United States showing a grade of C or better for English 1301 or the equivalent; or
  • You have an Institutional TOEFL score of 530 or higher on the paper/pencil version, or 197 or higher on the computerized version from the University of North Texas, the University of Texas at Arlington, or the University of Dallas; or
  • You have successfully completed the final level of an intensive English program of the DCCCD; or
  • You have met TSI requirement in reading and writing through THEA, Accuplacer, ACT, SAT or other approved test.

Go to the TOEFL website

Go to the IELTS website