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English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

The testing criteria and guidelines for English for Academic Purposes (EAP) are as follows:

Students seeking degrees and college credit certificates in Health Sciences programs; without sufficient English proficiency to take the MDC Placement Test are required to take an MDC approved English proficiency placement test (COMPASS/ESL) and be placed in designated English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses. This includes students with foreign degrees earned from accredited institutions where the language of instruction is not English. Students may retest once on COMPASS/ESL for initial placement. Retesting of the complete battery of tests must occur prior to enrollment or by the 100% refund date each semester.

EAP students who have satisfied the 0200 level or above, either by EAP course completion or COMPASS/ESL placement, may take the mathematics subtest of the MDC Placement Test. Continuing EAP students in the 0400 level or above in all four skill areas (Speech, Reading, Writing, Grammar EAP, or their equivalents) shall take the reading and writing subtests of the MDC Placement Test after the last withdrawal date of the term for advisement into advanced EAP levels or ENC 1101 in the following term. New incoming students whose COMPASS/ESL subtest scores in Reading, Grammar, Listening, and e-Write place them into the EAP 1500 or 1600 levels shall take the MDC Placement Test prior to registering for EAP courses.

Notes:

  • EAP students who are taking the MDC Placement Test for their first time may take the mathematics subtest on its own. However, they must take the reading and writing subtests at the same time.
  • Exceptions to testing EAP students could be made at the chairperson’s discretion.
  • Students who have completed the 1600 level of all required EAP courses progress directly to ENC 1101.

Required to take an English proficiency placement test:

1.  

All students required to test in Degree Programs or College Credit Certificate Programs who graduated from a non-English speaking high school.

  • graduated from a non-English speaking high school.
  • took ESOL during their eleventh or twelfth grade at any English speaking high school.
  • earned a GED in Spanish.
  • took an MDC approved English proficiency placement test more than one year ago and whose scores were not used for placement decisions.

2. 

Students transitioning from EDU 070, EDU 058, or EDU 064 to degree or Health Sciences college credit certificate programs are required to take an MDC approved English proficiency placement test in order to determine eligibility.

Exempted from the English proficiency placement test (COMPASS/ESL):

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Students who present TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Academic scores meeting MDC's EAP exemption requirements.

EAP exemption using TOEFL
TOEFL Score* COMPASS/ESL
Paper-and-pencil 500 or higher Not required
Computer-based 173 or higher Not required 
Internet-based 61 or higher Not required
Notes:
*Effective June 18, 2014
Institutional TOEFL scores from other institutions are not used for exemption purposes.
The TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) is not used for exemption purposes.
EAP exemption using IELTS
IELTS (Academic Module) Score COMPASS/ESL
Overall Band Score* 5.5 or higher Not required
Notes:
*Effective June 18, 2014
IELTS scores from their General Training Module are not used for exemption purposes at MDC.
EAP exemption using PTE Academic
PTE Academic Score COMPASS/ESL
Overall Score* 51 or higher Not required
Notes:
  * Effective June 18, 2014
PTE 
General scores are not used for exemption purposes at MDC.

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All students who earned a college credit certificate in a MDC program of more than 12 credits or from an institution recognized by MDC are exempt from English proficiency placement testing. Official documentation is required.

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All students who earned a GED in English.

All students exempted from testing for Degree Programs and College Credit Certificate Programs.

Course Placement Guide for EAP:

The EAP Course Placement Guide is used for placement in the EAP program. Notes: EAP 0100 through 0400 levels are developmental education levels, while EAP 1500 and 1600 levels are college-level, but do not count towards graduation. Students who place in EAP 0300 through 1600 levels may be enrolled in the EAP-Concurrent Enrollment Track or Program ACE with advisement.

Course Placement Guide - EAP
COMPASS/ESL Course Level Placement
Composite Score Grammar Score Reading Score Listening Score
25 - 45       0100 Level Courses
46 - 58(3)       0200 Level Courses
59 - 69(1)       0300 Level Courses
70 - 78 70 - 80 79 - 86 72 - 82 0400 Level Courses
79 - 92(1) 81 - 88 87 - 92 83 -91 1500 Level Courses
93 - 99(2) 89 - 97 93 - 97 92 - 97 1600 Level Courses
  98 - 99 98 - 99 98 - 99 Exempted from EAP(2)
1 Composite scores of 69 and below, use composite score for uniform placement in one level. Composite scores of 70 and above, use subtest scores for skill course placement.
2 Exempt from EAP if combined with e-Write score of 10 or above.
3 Composite scores of 58 and below, no e-Write required with direct placement into Levels 1 or 2. Composite scores of 59 and above require e-Write evaluation.
EAP Writing Sample Score COMPASS/ESL e-Write Score Writing Course Placement
1 2 (use composite score) EAP 0140
2 3 (use composite score) EAP 0240
3 4 EAP 0340
4 5 EAP 0440
5 6 EAP 1540
6 7 - 9 EAP 1640
7 10 - 12 Exempted from EAP
Campus departments may recommend adjustments to initial placement.
Further testing may be done in classrooms.


Continuing EAP students in the 0400 level and above shall take the reading and writing subtests of the MDC Placement Test after the last withdrawal date of the term in order to satisfy the State’s postsecondary testing requirement. New incoming students who place into the EAP 1500 or 1600 levels on the COMPASS/ESL shall take the MDC Placement Test prior to registering in EAP courses. Students who score 106 or above in reading AND 103 or above in writing may enroll in ENC 1101. 

Although the PERT is not used as an English proficiency placement test at MDC, it can be used as one of several criteria to advise EAP students for registering in Levels 1500 and/or 1600 Level courses. Students who score 84 or above in reading or 90 or above in writing must see department chair or designee for advisement purposes.

When should EAP students take the CPT/PERT?

Please refer to the Quick Guide for EAP and Course Placement.

  • Students testing prior to October 22, 2013 click here
  • Students testing on or after October 22, 2013 click here



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