About the Intensive English Program (IEP)

IEP is a member of the American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP). Western Washington University is accredited by Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Levels of English

  • Level 1: Beginning
  • Level 2: Early Intermediate
  • Level 3: Intermediate
  • Level 4: Early Advanced
  • Level 5: Advanced
  • Level 6: University Prep

We understand how important accurate placement is and we want each student to be in the best learning environment. Each new student goes through level placement assessments upon arrival. IEP students are placed in the levels at the beginning of each quarter and register for a combination of core and support classes.

For an approximation* of your level placement, please look at the chart below.

IEP Level Approximation to Standardized Tests

IEP Level

PBT TOEFL

 

IELTS

DSE

EIKEN

TOEIC

Basic

272-310

≤ 19

≤ 1.0

 

 

0-250

1

311-350

20-29

≤ 1.0

 

 

 

2

351-389

30-39

2.0

 

3

255-400

3

390-429

40-49

3.0

 

Pre 2

 

4

430-469

50-59

4.0

 

Pre 2

405-600

5

470-509

60-69

5.0

3

2

 

6

510-549

70-79

6.0

4

2A

605-700

Out

≥ 550

≥ 80

≥ 6.5

5

≥ Pre 1

≥ 700

*DISCLAIMER: These are simply approximations for planning purposes and are by no means a guarantee that a student will be placed in a particular IEP level based on their standardized test scores. All IEP students will be assessed upon arrival at WWU during Student Orientation at the beginning of each quarter.

Core Classes

Core Classes are the classes that are offered at each level of the program. The core classes help students learn and improve their English in all of the language skill areas. All students are required to take the core classes in their level. The core classes are Reading, Writing, Grammar, Listening, and Speaking.

English Support Classes

English Support Classes are offered at every level and are designed to support the English language goals and standards at each level. All students are required to take English Support Classes.

Additional Information

For additional program information, please email us to request our IEP Program student handbook.

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