Courses and Levels

We offer five primary levels of English courses: If you have little or no basic English skills, you would start at level 1. Levels 3–5 will help you learn English for your academic and professional life.

Our Intensive English program has three academic plans. The chart below should provide some guidance regarding potential placement based on your previous scores on other English proficiency exams.

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Levels and Placement Scores

ELI Level CEFR/ACTFL Equivalent Placement Scores
Level 1:
Novice Basic English
ACTFL: Novice High–Intermediate Low
TOEFL iBT: 0–29
TOEFL ITP: 0–393
IELTS: 0–4.0
PTE: 0–28
OOPT: 0–20
Versant EPT: 20–35
SAT: 0–350
ACT: 0–12
Level 2:
Low-Intermediate Basic English
ACTFL: Intermediate Low–Intermediate Mid
TOEFL iBT: 30–50
TOEFL ITP: 397–433
IELTS: 4.5
PTE: 41–43
OOPT: 29–35
Versant EPT: 36–45
SAT: 351–400
ACT: 13–15
Level 3:
Mid-Intermediate Academic English
CEFR: B1.1
ACTFL: Intermediate Mid–Intermediate High
TOEFL iBT: 41–52
TOEFL ITP: 437–573
IELTS: 5.0
PTE: 36–41
OOPT: 41–60
Versant EPT: 46–55
SAT: 401–450
ACT: 16–18
Level 4:
High-Intermediate Academic English
CEFR: B1.2
ACTFL: Advanced Low
TOEFL iBT: 53-64
TOEFL ITP: 477–510
IELTS: 5.5
PTE: 42–49
OOPT: 61–80
Versant EPT: 56–60
SAT: 451–500
ACT: 19–20
Level 5:
Advanced Academic English
ACTFL: Advanced Mid
TOEFL iBT: 65–80
TOEFL ITP: 513–547
IELTS: 6.0*
PTE: 50–52
OOPT: 81–99
Versant EPT: 61–65
SAT: 501–550
ACT: 21–22

*Students are eligible for full admission to NYIT with an IELTS score of 6. However, it is aligned to proficiency Level 5.

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Emily Rukobo
Executive Director
English Language Institute