IEP Level Placement


Intensive English Program Eligibility

Our Intensive English Program (IEP) is open to students who completed high school and score:

  • between 20 and 60 on the TOEFL iBT test; or
  • between 340 and 499 on the TOEFL PBT test; or
  • between 3.5 and 5.0 on the IELTS test; or
  • between 50 and 94 on the Duolingo test; or
  • between 28 and 46 on the Pearson Test of English (PTE) test; or
  • or below 400 on the SAT.


  • Intensive English Program Courses

  • Our Intensive English Program (IEP) is semester based with 16-week semesters in the Fall and Spring and a 10-week semester in the Summer.
  • Upon admission, you will be placed in one of the four levelsdepending on your English score.
  • Intensive English Program (IEP) students can achieve regular admission by successfully completing the advanced level with a B+ average, or by obtaining a score of 500 or more on our Institutional TOEFL exam (ITP) that is given to all Intensive English Program students at the end of each semester, or by independently obtaining a score of 61 or more on the TOEFL iBT, a 5.5 on the IELTS or 95 on the Duolingo. 
    • In addition to the score, a student must also earn at least a C average for all courses taken during their latest semester in the IEP (between 73%-76%, equivalent to semester GPA of 2.0).

At the beginner, low-intermediate, and high-intermediate levels, in order to advance to the next level, students must earn a semester B average.

Language Partners Tutoring Program

In addition to taking language courses, you will meet with an Minnesota State University, Mankato student, a Language Partner from the Honors Program, for two hours each week outside of class for conversation practice on cross-cultural topics.  Your Language Partner will also help you practice strategies for understanding lectures, reading academic texts, planning essays, reviewing assignments, and preparing for the TOEFL test.  Your partner also serves as a campus guide to help you learn how to access academic support systems available at MSU and engage in social activities.

University Orientation and Social Activities

Intensive English Program students will be introduced to the American university system and become familiar with its styles of instruction and academic expectations. There will also be opportunities to participate in social events and activities both on campus and off campus.