TOEFL Waiver Program

To clear the undergraduate English proficiency requirement, instead of taking the TOEFL or IELTS, ALCI students must complete the following:

  • Successfully complete the Intensive Academic Preparation (IAP) program
  • Earn a grade of "B" or higher in core ALCI courses (3.0 GPA)
  • Complete one of the advanced level ALCI Research Writing classes and earn a passing grade
  • Earn the qualifying undergraduate level score on the ALCI placement/exit test
  • Have a letter sent to CSU San Marcos enrollment services from the ALCI Director that says you are ready for college- or university-level work

To clear the graduate English proficiency requirement, instead of taking the TOEFL or IELTS, ALCI students must complete ALL of the above listed requirements, PLUS:

  • Complete the highest level Research Writing class and earn a passing grade of "B" or higher
  • Complete at least one full semester at Level 105 or higher, AND
  • Test into Level 106 by semester's end

You must also meet all CSUSM admission requirements.  Students who enter the ALCI program at the fall or spring second entry start date are not eligible for TOEFL waiver until they successfully complete at least one full semester (fall, spring, or summer). 

Read more information about applying for undergraduate conditional admission.
Read more information about applying for graduate conditional admission.