English Proficiency Requirements

If your native language is not English, you must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) by the application deadline.

The ACC code for submitting TOEFL scores is 6759. There is no institutional code for the IELTS examination. Test takers should provide the following address to have their official score sent to ACC:

Austin Community College
Attn: International Student Office
1020 Grove Blvd
Austin, Texas 78741

Minimum Scores

A TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 79 (online test), or an Academic IELTS overall band score of  6.5 required for admissions with the F-1, F-2, J-1, and J-2 visa types.

TOEFL/IELTS Testing Information

Information about test dates, test centers, and procedures is available from the TOEFL website and the IELTS website.

Test Alternative for Other Visa Types

Applicants with A, E, G, H, I, K, L, O, R, TD, TN, U, or V visa types may choose to take the ESOL assessment at ACC instead of the TOEFL or IELTS test.


You may be exempt from the English proficiency assessment if:

  • You are an F-1 visa student seeking to co-enroll at ACC while attending another university.
  • You have attended a U.S. high school and have placed at college level on the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) assessment test or have completed the SAT, ACT, or other approved assessment exam with the minimum score needed for TSI exemption. See TSI Assessment. Due to immigration regulations, F-1 students must discuss this exemption with the International Student Office.
  • You have graduated from college or university, in the U.S. with an associate’s degree or higher.
    • If you have completed college or university academic level coursework in the U.S. but have not obtained a degree, ACC’s International Student Office will review your uploaded unofficial college or university transcript to determine if the English proficiency requirement can be waived.

You are exempt from the English proficiency assessment if your home country is one of the following countries whose native language is English:

  • American Samoa
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Canada (except Quebec)
  • Cayman Islands
  • Dominica
  • Fiji
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Grand Cayman
  • Grenada
  • Guam
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Micronesia
  • New Zealand
  • St. Helena
  • Saint Kitts & Nevis
  • Santa Lucia
  • Saint Vincent & the
  • Grenadines
  • Sierra Leone
  • Trinidad/Tobago
  • Turks & Caico Islands
  • U.S. Pacific Trust
  • United Kingdom
  • Virgin Islands
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Back to Top
  • Meet Virtually with the International Student Office

    You can meet with International Student Office staff without an appointment Monday through Friday. See times and other information.

    Join Zoom

    Meeting ID: 995 8669 0635
    Passcode: 640601

  • Back to Top