EXEMPTION

Students may be exempt from this testing if they meet any one of the following conditions and any submitted test scores are no more than one year old: 

  • Have scored 38 or higher on the combined English and Reading sub-test of the ACT with a minimum of 18 on each section. 

  • Have evidence of completing a course equivalent to ENG 1510.

  • Have evidence of completing an associate degree or higher from an accredited U.S. college or university.
  • Have been admitted to OCC under a College Guest Application from another college where they are enrolled in college-level courses (Note: Guest applications must be renewed each semester of enrollment). Any student who wishes to enroll in any ESL course must take the MTELP Placement test.
  • Have an exemption from taking MTELP and the ability to enroll in English 1510 because they have an official TOEFL score of: Internet-based – total score of 79 or higher with a writing score of 24 or higher; Computer-based - total score of 213 or higher with a writing score of 5.0 or higher; Paper-based - 550 or higher with a writing (TWE) score of 5.0 or higher. Official scores must be presented to the appropriate college personnel for the students to be exempt.
  • Have an exemption from taking MTELP and the ability to enroll in English 1510 because they have an official IELTS score of 6.5 or higher. Official scores must be presented to the appropriate college personnel for the students to be exempt

Re-Testing

A student can re-test on the MTELP if it has been one calendar year since the last MTELP and no OCC ESL courses have been taken, or if one calendar year has passed since the end of the semester in which the student was enrolled in an OCC ESL course. No currently enrolled students in OCC ESL courses can re-test. There is an assessment test in each ESL class on the first day of instruction which serves as the appeal process. If a student scores between 15 and 24 on the MTELP, a counselor can authorize this student to take a writing sample for possible placement into the first level ESL credit classes.

F-1 VISA

Complete the following steps if you currently hold or are applying for an F-l visa:

  1. Complete the admissions packet for F-l status students. Packets are available in your campus Counseling Center or International Student Advisor office.
  2. Contact the International Student Advisor on your designated campus for specific requirements before enrolling.

If you have any questions, you should schedule a counseling appointment before assessment. Please contact the campus you plan to attend for an assessment appointment.