About IEP

Levels of English

IEP has five levels of instruction, ranging from Level 1 (beginning) to Level 5 (advanced). During orientation, you’ll take a placement test and be placed in an appropriate level for you. Students are assessed upon arrival at Western during Student Orientation at the beginning of each quarter. 

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

Courses

Levels 1-5 offer the following courses at each level of the program.

Reading  

You will develop reading comprehension, vocabulary and critical skills. You will learn specific reading skills to support your academic studies. You will also learn about U.S. culture and contemporary world issues. 

Writing  

You will learn to write grammatically-correct sentences, focused paragraphs, and well-organized essays.  

Grammar

You will develop the ability to understand and use English grammar. Grammar courses focus on key grammatical structures as they support other language skills.

Listening and Speaking  

You will develop listening and oral production skills. Levels 1-3 focus on functional English skills, while levels 4-5 focus on higher-level academic skills.

Level 6 offers the following classes.

Reading

You will use university-level readings to work on advanced reading skills. You will learn how to make inferences, draw conclusions, and read critically.

Writing  

You will work on higher-level academic writing, with an introduction to research methods and writing. You will learn to perform the writing tasks required of students at U.S. universities.

Academic Preparation  

You will sit in on a university-level course with academic support from IEP instructors.
 

IEP Level Approximation to Standardized Tests

Western strives for accurate placement and wants each student to be in the best learning environment. Each new student goes through level placement assessments upon arrival. Placement occurs at the beginning of each quarter. Students are registered for a combination of core and support classes.

See how your standardized test scores translate to IEP level placement by clicking the "IEP Level Placement" title below.

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

IEP Level Approximation to Standardized Tests

IEP Level

PBT TOEFL

IBT 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. Occasionally, two levels will be taught in the same classroom by the same instructor of record.  For example, levels 1 and 2 could be combined to levels 1/2.  Levels 5 and 6 are never combined.