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 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
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
Global Credential Evaluators, College Station, TX
International Academic Credential Evaluators, Denton, TX
SDR Educational Consultants, Houston, TX
SpanTran Educational Services, Inc., Houston, TX
Worldwide Education Consultant Services, Inc., Houston, TX
Evaluators Out of State
Career Consulting International, Sunrise, FL
Center for Applied Research Evaluation & Education, Anaheim, CA
Education Evaluators International, Providence, RI
Education International, Wellesley, MA
Evaluations from other agencies may be approved on a case-by-case basis. Contact the Transfer Office at 713.718.8534.