Academic English

About Academic English

Academic English at Washington State University is an accredited, academic preparation-intensive English program.

Academic English requires 18 hours of instruction per week or less depending upon your visa status. Level availability depends on minimum enrollment requirements. Each level will span an 8-week term.

Academic English mission

  • Provide high quality intensive English language instruction to the international community in a supportive, respectful atmosphere to help students meet their academic, personal, and professional goals
  • Prepare our students academically and culturally by using innovative techniques and instructional methods to meet student needs
  • Build and support the foundation for our students’ successful navigation of university life
  • Increase Washington State University’s international standing by laying the foundation for all WSU students to become true global citizens and by helping international students successfully complete their degree programs

Academic English levels

The main program offers 6 levels of language instruction (pdf), from beginning to high advanced.

  1. Beginner
  2. Low Intermediate
  3. Intermediate
  4. High Intermediate
  5. Advanced – Undergraduate study preparation (meets WSU language proficiency requirement for undergraduate admission)
  6. High Advanced – Graduate study preparation (meets WSU language proficiency requirement for graduate study)

Classes typically run from Monday mornings through Friday afternoons. You are expected to attend class and participate. There are 15 students or fewer in each class. Students come from all over the world. We speak only English in class.

You will find your classes and teachers’ offices are all located in Daggy Hall where you will receive individual attention and instruction from your teachers. Residence halls, apartments, and restaurants are a 5-10 minute walk from the building. We regularly offer social and cultural activities to prepare you for life in the United States and at Washington State University. You are welcome here.

AE placement table

Tests: Cambridge; CSAT: College Scholastic Ability Test; Duolingo; Eiken; Gaokao; IELA: International English Language Test Assessment; IELTS: International English Language Testing System; ITEP: International Test of English Proficiency; LCA: Language Cert Academic; MET: Michigan English Test; Oxford ELLT: English Language Level Test; Password; PTEA: Pearson Test of English Academic; TOEFL Essentials: Test of English as a Foreign Language; TOEFL iBT: Internet-based Test

Study Plan:Traditional Admission1-Term Bridge2-Semester/1-Year Bridge1 Eight-Week Session*
CambridgeC1 AdvancedB2 FirstB2 FirstB1 Primary
CSATLevel 1Level 2__
EikenLevel 1Level Pre-1Level 2_
IELTS6.56 5.55
Oxford ELLT7654
PasswordLevel 6.5Level 6Level 5Level 4
TOEFL Essentials87.54.53.5
TOEFL iBT75706050

*1 eight-week session if going to a bridge program (Undergraduate Foundation, International Master’s) or 2 eight-week sessions if not. Longer study plans are available, email for details.

Please have Duolingo, TOEFL, and IELTS scores sent directly from the testing agency.


For Duolingo tests, you will have to select Washington State University as your school of choice. Please read the rules and follow them CAREFULLY.

  1. Log in to with the email address you used to take the test.
  2. Scroll down to your certified test results and click the “SEND RESULTS” button at the top next to “print results.”
  3. Select university for what you are applying to.
  4. Start typing Washington State University and select your choice using the checkbox. Be sure to select Undergraduate for your level.
  5. If you have an applicant ID, do not forget to add it!
  6. Press “Send.”

How-to Video


Your test fee includes up to 4 free official TOEFL score reports to be sent to the institutions, agencies, or other recipients that you select before you take the test. You can add or delete recipients through your ETS account until 10 p.m. (local test center time) on the day before your test.

  1. Log in to your TOEFL iBT account
  2. On the home page, select “Order Score Reports.” (You will need to register for a test date before you can do this step.)
  3. For Product Type, click “TOEFL Services” then click “Continue.”
  4. Select the test date you want to send the scores of and click “Continue.”
  5. Search for Washington State University and select it. Use the school code 4705.


If you took your IELTS exam in a test center, you could request to send IELTS results to up to 5 organizations. We would prefer that you send the results to us electronically. Make this request with your test center.

Online test takers can send their results to as many institutions as they need.

Here is the information you will need for the request:

Name of department: International Undergraduate Admissions

Name of Institution: Washington State University



Office of International Programs International Undergraduate
PO Box 645115
Pullman, WA 99164-5115

Please email with your questions.

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