Esl Admissions

Students seeking to apply for Olivet School of Language & Education’s ESL program must submit the following application requirements:

  • completed Application Form
  • Prospect students interested in applying to Olivet University must submit the application form from http://apply.olivetuniversity.edu OSLE does not accept the Common Application.

  • High School Transcript
  • Applicants to Olivet ESL programs must submit an official high school transcript from public, private, or home school or official transcripts undertaken at OSLE. Applicants who have not graduated from high school must attain the General Educational Development (GED) certificate before admission.

  • Copy of High School Diploma or the highest degree attained
  • Recommendations
  • ESL Applicants must submit at least two recommendation letters. Submitting three recommendation letters is highly recommended. One letter must be a reference from an Evangelical Assembly of Presbyterian Churches (EAPC) church pastor. The other recommendation letter should be submitted by persons qualified to speak about the applicant's academic and/or professional abilities, as described on the recommendation forms provided by Olivet University. Recommendations may not be from a member of your immediate family or your spouse.

  • Application Fee
  • Applicants must submit a $75.00 non-refundable application fee.

Olivet University English Requirements for International Applicants:

There is no minimum English requirement for international students because the University offers ESL (English as Second Language) classes. We are strongly committed to the goal of helping students succeed in their academic classes while working to improve their English throughout their academic careers.

However, all newly enrolled international students for whom English is not a primary language are required to participate in proficiency testing for course eligibility and placement purposes prior to the commencement of studies according to the guidelines. Exceptions to this requirement include international students who can prove English language proficiency by meeting one of the following conditions:

  • A minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a foreign language) score of 500 (paper-based), or 173 (computer-based), or 60 (Internet-based)
  • A minimum IELTS (International English Language Testing System ) score of 4.5
  • A minimum TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) score of 585
  • The student is from a country where English is the official language
  • The student received an undergraduate or graduate degree from an English-speaking School or university

High school transcripts of students who have graduated from an English medium secondary school may also be reviewed to determine if the student must participate in proficiency testing.

If an applicant recently earned a baccalaureate degree from a recognized institution where English was the language of instruction, he or she may submit a written request to the Admissions Committee explaining why he or she should be excused from taking the TOEFL, IELTS or other valid standard tests. The Admissions Committee will make the final decision on whether or not the applicant is excused from taking a language exam.

All students who do NOT have official TOEFL, IELTS, or other valid standard test scores need to take the Olivet Language Studies Proficiency Test (OLSPT), offered during the Evaluation Testing period before the start of each semester. The specific dates and times of the entrance exams will be emailed to students after they are enrolled in the university.

Students who demonstrate they are not prepared for a postsecondary education in their program are required to make up this deficiency prior to their continuation of study.

If a student receives a substandard score in English proficiency, he or she may be eligible to receive English language support, and may also be placed on academic probation in order to determine if performance is satisfactory for continued study.

Graduation Requirements
  1. 1. Complete all course work
  2. 2. Maintain a 3.00 (B grade point average) in all classes
  3. 3. Satisfy all financial responsibilities to the university
Olivet University International Students ESL Requirement

In order to meet graduation eligibility international students are required to:

  1. 1. Fulfill ‘Olivet’s Onsite Student English Waiver Standard’ by submitting English test score.
    e.g. A minimum PBT TOEFL 550 for Bachelors and 580 for Master’s (See Appendix 1 and 2 for more details.) The policy is applied beginning from 2008 Fall semester graduation candidates.
  2. 2. Earn an ESL certificate from the University.
Olivet's Student English Waiver Standard
  • The student is from a country where English is the official language, or;
  • The student received an undergraduate or graduate degree from an English-speaking School or university, or;
  • Submit an English standardized test score that is higher than waiver standard from any one of the tests as shown below: (The test score is valid for two years from the time when the test is taken.)

High school transcripts of students who have graduated from an English medium secondary school will be reviewed to determine if the student must take the Olivet Language Studies Proficiency Test (OLSPT).

Bachelor's Programs

  • A minimum OLS Proficiency Test score of 82
  • A minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a foreign language) score of 550 (paper-based), or 213 (computer-based), or 80 (Internet-based)
  • A minimum TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication)
    score of 870
  • A minimum IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
    score of 6.5

Master's Programs

  • A minimum OLS Proficiency Test score of 85
  • A minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a foreign language) score of 580 (paper-based), or 237 (computer-based), or 92 (Internet-based)
  • A minimum TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication)
    score of 910
  • A minimum IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
    score of 7.0


Standardized Test List and Score Chart
ESL Levels OLSPT TOEFL: PBT.CBT.IBT TOEIC IELTS
Waiver Masters: 140 & Above M: 580.237.92 & Above M: 910 & Above M: 7.0 & Above
Bachelors: 140 & Above B: 550.213.80 & Above B: 870 & Above B: 6.5 & Above
Advanced 101 & 140 540.207.76 830 6.0
Intermediate 61 to 100 520.190.68 780 5.5
Beginner 60 & Below 500.173.61 & Below 700 & Below 5.0 & Below