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

HCC Acceptable Foreign Credit Evaluation Companies

Note: Students and HCC employees will generally need one of two types of foreign evaluations for U.S. equivalency for any education obtained outside of the United States, if that institution is not accredited by a recognized U.S. accreditor. However, Canadian universities do not require a foreign evaluation for U.S. equivalency. The Canadian university educational system parallels the U.S. system. Credit and degrees from Canadian schools can be transferred directly (without need of a foreign evaluation) in the same way that all accredited U.S. transcripts are transferred.

General Evaluation: Lists any degrees earned outside of the U.S. and equates the award to what would be the equivalent achievement using U.S. standards. In most cases, a degree in one country is equivalent to that same degree in the U.S. However, in some cases, a degree in one country is not equivalent to that same degree in the U.S. In that case, the General Evaluation will state how many credit hours were earned toward a particular major in the U.S.

Course-by-Course Evaluation: Gives the same information as a General Evaluation plus adds a listing of all courses taken by title, credit and grade earned in terms of U.S. equivalency standards.

CEIE Specialists
Houston, TX Phone and web not active
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Foreign Credential Services, Inc.
Austin, TX Phone: 512-459-8428
foreigncredentials.org

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

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

SDR Educational Consultants
Houston, TX
Phone: 713-460-3525
hcc.sdr.credentialconnection.com

SpanTran Educational Services, Inc.
Houston, TX
Phone: 713-266-8805
spantran-edu.org

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

Note: Other U.S. foreign evaluation companies can be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Evaluators Out of State

HCC Acceptable Foreign Credit Evaluation Companies

Note: Students and HCC employees will generally need one of two types of foreign evaluations for U.S. equivalency for any education obtained outside of the United States, if that institution is not accredited by a recognized U.S. accreditor. However, Canadian universities do not require a foreign evaluation for U.S. equivalency. The Canadian university educational system parallels the U.S. system. Credit and degrees from Canadian schools can be transferred directly (without need of a foreign evaluation) in the same way that all accredited U.S. transcripts are transferred.

General Evaluation: Lists any degrees earned outside of the U.S. and equates the award to what would be the equivalent achievement using U.S. standards. In most cases, a degree in one country is equivalent to that same degree in the U.S. However, in some cases, a degree in one country is not equivalent to that same degree in the U.S. In that case, the General Evaluation will state how many credit hours were earned toward a particular major in the U.S.

Course-by-Course Evaluation: Gives the same information as a General Evaluation plus adds a listing of all courses taken by title, credit and grade earned in terms of U.S. equivalency standards.

Education Evaluators International 
Kew Gardens, NY 
Phone: 401-521-5340 
educei.com

Education International 
Wellesley, MA 
Phone: 781-235-7425 
educationinternational.org

Educational Perspectives 
Chicago, IL 
Phone: 312-421-9300 
edperspective.org

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

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

Foreign Credential Evaluations, Inc. 
Hendersonville, NC 28791 
Phone: 770-642-1108 
fceatlanta.net

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

Foundation for International Services, Inc. 
Edmonds, WA 
Phone: 425-248-2255 
fis-web.com

Institute of Foreign Credential Services 
Dobbs Ferry, NY 
Phone: (914) 693-2840 
ifcsevals.com

Note: Other U.S. foreign evaluation companies can be considered on a case-by-case basis.