Placement into EAP Courses

Undergraduate Placement into EAP

  • Undergraduate students with a TOEFL score below 100 (250 computer-based or 600 paper-based) must register for EAP 1015: American Multicultural Perspectives in Washington DC. A score comparison tool for the alternative IELTS score can be found here.
  • Regardless of TOEFL score, international students who are unfamiliar with the conventions of American academic writing are also encouraged to register for EAP 1015 in order to build up their skills before taking UW 1020.
  • Upon the successful completion of EAP 1015, students will go on to take University Writing 1020, and two Writing in the Disciplines (WID) courses to fulfill GW’s literacy requirement.
  • The undergraduate EAP courses are credit-bearing courses and count toward a degree.
  • Please note that the EAP program does not have the authority to waive the EAP requirement. This is a GW Admissions policy.
  • Please contact Professor Siczek with questions about undergraduate EAP courses.

Graduate Placement into EAP

  • In their first semester at GW, international students are required to register for an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course. The EAP course that is required will be indicated in the student’s letter of admission. If you have not received this notification, please contact your school's admission office. In the first EAP class meeting, students will be given the EAP Diagnostic Test in order to confirm their correct EAP placement. Students assigned EAP courses should anticipate additional tuition expenses as well as a possible extended period of time required to complete their degree programs.
  • Elliott School students with the following English-language scores are exempt from taking EAP courses:

Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.5
TOEFL: 620 on paper-based or 105 on Internet-based
PTE Academic: 72

  • Other students are exempt from taking EAP courses if they have attained the following scores :

Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0
TOEFL: 600 on paper-based or 100 on Internet-based
PTE Academic: 68

  • The graduate EAP courses are credit-bearing courses. This being the case, they count toward your general GPA. Keep in mind, however, that in most cases, they do NOT count toward the credit requirement for your degree. Check your school for their specific policies.
  • Please note that the EAP program does not have the authority to waive the EAP requirement. This is a GW Admissions policy.