English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
Criteria For Degree And College Credit Certificate-Seeking Students With Limited English Proficiency
Students without sufficient English proficiency to take the MDC Placement Test are required to take an MDC approved English proficiency placement test (ACCUPLACER ESL) and be placed in designated English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses. This includes students with foreign degrees earned from accredited institutions where the language of instruction is not English. Students may retest once on ACCUPLACER ESL for initial placement.
ACCUPLACER ESL scores are valid for one year. If a student does not use these scores for course placement during that time, retesting will be required. For initial placement, students may retest once on the ACCUPLACER ESL test battery, beginning with Reading Skills, or they can retake WritePlacer ESL alone. A retesting fee will apply. Retesting must occur prior to enrollment or by the 100% refund date each semester. Students who have already begun EAP instruction may be referred for retesting on an individual basis by the department chairperson.
EAP students who have satisfied the 0200 level or above, either by EAP course completion or ACCUPLACER ESL placement, should be encouraged to take the mathematics subtest of the MDC Placement Test at any time in Levels 0300, 0400, or 0500. They must take it no later than the last withdrawal date of the EAP 1600 Level. Continuing EAP students in the 0400 level or above in all four skill areas (Reading, Writing, Grammar EAP, or their equivalents) shall take the reading and writing subtests of the MDC Placement Test after the last withdrawal date of the term for advisement into advanced EAP levels or ENC 1101 in the following term. New incoming students whose ACCUPLACER ESL subtest scores in Reading, Grammar, Usage, and WritePlacer ESL place them into the EAP 1500 or 1600 levels shall take the MDC Placement Test prior to registering for EAP courses. Refer to Appendix F (advisement guides).
- EAP students who are taking the MDC Placement Test for their first time may take the mathematics subtest on its own. However, they must take the reading and writing subtests at the same time.
- Exceptions to testing EAP students could be made at the chairperson's discretion.
- Students who have completed the 1600 level of all required EAP courses progress directly to ENC 1101.
Exempted from the English Proficiency Placement Test
- Students who entered 9th grade in a Florida public school in the 2003-2004 school year, or any year thereafter, and earned a standard diploma from a Florida public or charter high school. Refer to Appendix B. Note: Home education students are not exempted from common placement testing and developmental education.
- Students who are serving as active duty members of any branch of the United States Armed Forces.
- Students who present TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores meeting MDC's EAP exemption requirements regardless of the test date. Other English proficiency examinations, such as AVANT STAMP4, Cambridge English Learning Assessment, Duolingo, iTEP, TOEIC and Trinity ISE may also be used if the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) level is B2 or higher or if the concordance score is equal to or higher than a TOEFL, IELTS or PTE score. The Institutional Test Administrator (ITA) will process these exemptions on a case-by-case request basis.
Notes: These students are still required to meet placement testing requirements.
Exception note: General Education requirements will be waived for these student if they have a degree from a foreign accredited institution. Refer to TMOP for Transfer Credit Evaluation (110:815110).
Students with test scores meeting MDC's EAP exemption requirements who place into DevEd in either reading or writing must meet with a World Languages Chairperson for appropriate advisement
|TOEFL||Total Score*||ACCUPLACER ESL|
|Paper-and-pencil||500 or higher||Not required|
|Computer-based||173 or higher||Not required|
|Internet-based (iBT)||61 or higher||Not required|
Notes: Institutional TOEFL(ITP) scores from other institutions are not used for exemption purposes.
|IELTS (Academic Module)||Total Score*||ACCUPLACER ESL|
|Overall Band Score||5.5 or higher||Not required|
IELTS scores from their General Training Module are not used for exemption purposes at MDC.
|PTE Academic||Total Score*||ACCUPLACER ESL|
|Overall Band Score||51 or higher||Not required|
PTE General scores are used for exemption purposes at MDC.
- Students who earned a college credit certificate in a MDC program of more than 12 credits or from an institution recognized by MDC are exempt from English proficiency placement testing. Official documentation is required.
- Students who earned a GED in English.
- Students exempted from testing for Degree Programs and College Credit Certificate Programs.
- Students who graduated from Education First (EF) - International Language Centers.
Recommended to Take an English Proficiency Placement Test
Students who took ESOL during their twelfth grade at any English speaking high school, after having entered 9th grade in a Florida public school in the 2003-2004 school year, or any year thereafter, earned a standard diploma from a Florida public or charter high school, and do not have placement scores for ENC 1101 and/or MAT 1033 or higher. Refer to Appendix B.
Students who are recommended to test are not required to enroll in developmental education but may opt to do so. MDC provides assessment and instruction upon the student's request.
Required to Take an English Proficiency Placement Test
- All students required to test in Degree Programs or College Credit Certificate Programs who:
- Graduated from a non-English speaking high school.
- Took ESOL during their twelfth grade at any English speaking high school.
- Earned a GED in Spanish.
- Took an MDC approved English proficiency placement test more than one year ago and whose scores were not used for placement decisions.
- Students transitioning from EDU 070, EDU 058, or EDU 064 to degree or Health Sciences college credit certificate programs are required to take an MDC approved English proficiency placement test in order to determine eligibility.
Course Placement Guide for EAP
The EAP Course Placement Guide is used for placement in the EAP program. EAP 1500 and 1600 levels that count towards graduation as electives. Students who place in EAP 0300 through 1600 levels may be enrolled in the EAP-Concurrent Enrollment Track or Program ACE with advisement.
|ESL Reading Skills||Local Test||ESL Language Use||WritePlacer ESL||Level Placement|
|119-120||N/A||117-120||6||See Department Chair|
WritePlacer ESL is administered only for students with scores of both 75 or higher on reading skills and 75 or higher on language use. Students with WritePlacer ESL scores below 3 are placed by ESL - Language Use. For WritePlacer ESL scores of zero (0), codes will be assigned to indicate the reason the essay was given a score of zero.
- B = blank (95)
- T = too short (94)
- F = written in foreign language (93)
- I = illegible/incoherent (92)
- O = off topic (91)
Students scoring into Levels 1, 2, or 3 in either ESL Reading Skills or ESL Language Use should be uniformly placed in one level for Reading, Grammar, and Writing courses based on the average of ESL Reading Skills or ESL Language Use scores. If the average of the 2 scores is higher than 75, the student must take WritePlacer ESL, and be placed in Levels 4, 5, or 6 as displayed in placement guide above.
Placement in Speech Level courses to be determined by an EAP advisor after speaking with student in English. In most cases, Speech Level decision should reasonably complement already determined Reading, Grammar, and Writing Level. If student is a fluent English speaker who would not benefit from Level 6 Speech, see Department chair for exemption and college class options.
Campus departments may recommend adjustments to initial placement.
Further testing may be done in classrooms.
Continuing EAP students in the 0400 level and above shall take the reading and writing subtests of the MDC Placement Test after the last withdrawal date of the term in order to satisfy the State's postsecondary testing requirement. Continuing EAP students in the 0300 level and above should be encouraged to take the mathematics subtest of the MDC Placement Test at any time in Levels 0300, 0400, or 0500. They must take it no later than the last withdrawal date of the EAP 1600 Level. New incoming students who place into the EAP 1500 or 1600 levels on the ACCUPLACER ESL shall take the MDC Placement Test prior to registering in EAP courses. Students who score 106 or above in reading AND 103 or above in writing may enroll in ENC 1101.
Although the PERT is not used as an English proficiency placement test at MDC, it can be used as one of several criteria to advise EAP students for registering in Levels 1500 and/or 1600 Level courses. Students who score 84 or above PERT reading. 237 or above in ACCUPLACER NG reading or writing or 90 or above in PERT writing, must see department chair or designee for advisement purposes.
When should EAP students take the ACCUPLACER/PERT?
Please refer to the Quick Guide for EAP and Course Placement in Appendix F.