CONDITIONAL ADMISSION and TOEFL WAIVER
U.S. colleges and universities require international
students to be
proficient in English prior to enrolling in regular academic courses.
American universities generally rely upon a student's score on a standardized test, most often the TOEFL examination, in order to determine an applicant's English language proficiency. However, in most cases, an academically qualified student applying to an ACU member institution may be exempted from taking the TOEFL if the student enrolls in and successfully completes the highest level of the INTERLINK program.
International students who have received a TOEFL score of 550 (213 computer score) or better are not required to enroll in or complete the INTERLINK program. However, all international students are strongly encouraged to enroll at INTERLINK or some other English for Academic Preparation program for 5-9 weeks in order to be well prepared for the challenges of academic and social life in the U.S.
An academically qualified student who does not have the required proficiency in English may be admitted conditionally to an ACU member institution if the student enrolls at INTERLINK prior to the start of his or her academic studies. After successful completion of the program and upon meeting the conditions as specified in the initial conditional admission letter of ACU's member institution, the student may be admitted as regular student. Some ACU member universities require that students submit completed application forms, official transcripts from previous study, documentation on finances, and perhaps letters of recommendation. Other universities only need to review official transcripts to decide on the conditional admissibility of students. In all cases, one of the conditions will be either to achieve a specified TOEFL score or complete the INTERLINK program successfully.
For additional information or clarification, contact the ACU President.