Proof of English Proficiency

To be eligible to study at Madison College on an F-1 or M-1 student visa, an applicant must be prepared to enter directly into college level courses taught in English. The English Language Learner (ELL) classes offered by Madison College are not available to non-residents due to being funded by grants designed to serve resident immigrants. Additionally, these ELL classes are not structured for the purposes of intensive, full-time, college preparatory English language development.

If an applicant is currently outside of the United States, proof of English proficiency may be demonstrated by submitting an original score report for any of the following English language examinations (must have been taken within the last 2 years):

  • TOEFL score minimum:
    • Internet Based Test (IBT): 61
    • Paper Based Test (PBT): 500
    • Computer Based Test (CBT): 173
  • EIKEN: Grade 2A

  • TOEIC: 605

  • IELTS: Band 5

If an applicant is currently in or near Madison, s/he may demonstrate English proficiency by taking the College English COMPASS exam offered by Madison College. If you have had ACT scores sent to Madison College, the ACT scores may be used in place of COMPASS scores. Admissible COMPASS/ACT scores will show placement into the class “Academic Reading/Writing 5 & 6” or higher.To register for it, please complete the following steps:

*As of May 1, 2013 there will be a $20 fee for your first test. Each section retaken will cost an additional $5.

1.   If you do not already have a Madison College identification (“ID”) number, you must first have a student account created by following the directions at: If you do not have a Social Security Number, you must create the account in person by visiting the Enrollment Center on any of the Madison College campuses.

2.    Register for the COMPASS test. Please view the Testing & Orientation Schedules page. Choose the orange "COMPASS" icon to open the monthly COMPASS test calendar. Click on the date and time of any COMPASS test offered in Madison to view time, location and other details about the test.

3.    To the exam, bring your passport or other photo identification. Also bring a copy of the COMPASS Clarification Letter (PDF, 138KB) to ensure you are given the appropriate examination.

If an applicant does not currently have sufficient English proficiency for admission to Madison College, s/he may wish to consider taking an intensive English language training program at one of the following institutions with which Madison College has transfer agreements:

An official recommendation from any of these English language institutions meets the Madison College English proficiency requirement. A conditional admission letter to attend Madison College following completion of English language study at these institutions is available upon request.