English Requirements and Testing

International students planning to enroll in academic programs must demonstrate English language proficiency. This can be accomplished by taking one of the following exams: TOEFL, IELTS, PTE Academic, COMPASS(ESL), or an approved TSI test. Scores on the exams should be dated within the past two years and must meet state and institutional requirements for placement into college-level classes. Students who do not meet these requirements will be required to enroll in the Intensive English Program or Academic English-as-a-Second-Language.

TOEFL: The TOEFL exam is NOT required to be admitted as an international student. If you do have TOEFL results, the following scores will be accepted as English proficient:

  • TOEFL internet-based score: 79+
  • TOEFL paper-based test score: 550+
  • TOEFL computer-based test score: 213+

IELTS: The following IELTS score will be accepted as English proficient:

  • IELTS score: 6.5+

PTE Academic: The following PTE Academic score will be accepted as English Proficient:

  • PTE Academic: 53+

SAT and ACT:

  • SAT and ACT scores will be accepted depending on the score. See a counselor to determine exemption eligibility.

*NOTE: Students who graduated from an English-speaking high school from one of the following countries do not need proof of English proficiency: American Samoa, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Canada (except Quebec), Dominica, Grenada, Grand Cayman, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Liberia, New Zealand, Trinidad/Tobago, United Kingdom, U.S. Pacific Trust.

Submitting a Transcript to HCC

Submit Transcripts from a college/university within the United States

Submit Transcripts from a college/university outside of the United States

If you are submitting transcripts from a high school, college or university outside of the united states, you will need to get them evaluated by an accredited evalutaion agency. Acceptable evaluation agencies of international transcripts for US equivalence are listed below.

Foreign Credentials Evaluation

Evaluators in Texas

Foreign Credential Services, Inc., Austin, TX
512-459-8428 phone

Global Credential Evaluators, College Station, TX
800-517-4754 phone

International Academic Credential Evaluators, Denton, TX
940-383-7498 phone

SDR Educational Consultants, Houston, TX
713-460-3525 phone

SpanTran Educational Services, Inc., Houston, TX
713-266-8805 phone

Worldwide Education Consultant Services, Inc., Houston, TX
281-829-9243 phone

Evaluators Out of State

Career Consulting International, Sunrise, FL
800-771-4723 phone

Center for Applied Research Evaluation & Education, Anaheim, CA
714-237-9272 phone

Education Evaluators International, Providence, RI
401-521-5340 phone

Education International, Wellesley, MA
781-235-7425 phone

Educational Credential Evaluators, Milwaukee, WI
414-289-3400 phone

International Education Research Foundation, Inc., Culver City, CA
310-258-9451 phone

Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., Miami, FL
305-273-1616 phone

World Education Services, Chicago, New York, Miami
800-937-3895 or 305-358-6688 phone

The Trustforte Corporation, New York, NY
(212) 481-4870

Evaluations from other agencies may be approved on a case-by-case basis.  Contact the Transfer Office at 713.718.8534.