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, ACCUPLACER (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.

How to Submit Test Scores to HCC

Official test scores must be sent directly the Houston Community College from the testing agency. When you ask the testing agency to send your scores, use the following codes the agencies have designated for the Houston Community College:

  1. SAT0929
  2. TOEFL6296
  3. ACT4105
  4. IELTS – There is no institutional code for IELTS examination. The testing agency should mail official IELTS score report to the Houston Community College (see address below).

Houston Community College
Office of Student Records
P.O. Box 667517, MC 1136
Houston, TX 77266-7517

Submitting a Transcript to HCC

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
Phone: 512-459-8428

Global Credential Evaluators, College Station, TX
Phone: 800-517-4754

International Academic Credential Evaluators, Denton, TX
Phone: 940-383-7498

SDR Educational Consultants, Houston, TX
Phone: 713-460-3525

SpanTran: The Evaluation Company, Houston, TX
Phone: 713-266-8805

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

Evaluators Out of State

AACRAO, Office of International Education Services, Credential Analysis, Washington, DC
Phone: 202-296-3359

Career Consulting International, Sunrise, FL
Phone: 800-771-4723

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

Center for Educational Documentation, Boston, MA
Phone: 517-338-7171


Education Evaluators International, Providence, RI
Phone: 401-521-5340

Education International, Wellesley, MA
Phone: 781-235-7425

Educational Credential Evaluators, Milwaukee, WI
Phone: 414-289-3400

Educational Perspectives, Chicago, IL
Phone: 312-421-9300

Educational Records Evaluation Service, Sacramento, CA
Phone: 916-921-0790

Evaluation World, LLC., Wilmington, DE
Phone: 302-504-4410

Foreign Credits Translation & Evaluation, Inc., Des Plaines, IL
Phone: 224-521-0170

International Education Evaluations, Charlotte, NC
Phone: 704-772-0109

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

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

The Trustforte Corporation, New York, NY
Phone: 212-481-4870

Universal Translation & Evaluation Services, Sherman Oaks, CA
Phone: 818-522-5800

World Education Services, Inc., Chicago, New York, Miami
Phone: 800-937-3895 or 305-358-6688

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