Understanding the history, theory, and analysis of design and art is fundamental to all areas of study at Parsons. A high level of English language proficiency is needed to succeed in courses in these topics. For this reason, new students who are not native English speakers are required to take the English Course Placement Test when they arrive at Parsons.
All new students who are not native English speakers must take the English Course Placement Test, regardless of fluency, previous English coursework, degrees/diplomas from U.S. institutions, TOEFL score, or SAT score. If English is not your first language, you must take the test. There are no exceptions.
The test is composed of the following sections:
The test is offered online. You will be able to take the test on your own computer before orientation begins. To sign up for the test, use our
Google form. We will contact you with test instructions in late December.
After taking the test, students receive their placement results and can register for an appropriate English class when they receive the results.
Failure to register for an appropriate English course can delay your progress toward completion of degree requirements and delay your expected date of graduation. If you have problems with the test schedule, contact
firstname.lastname@example.org immediately for help.
For more information, refer to the
English as a Second Language (ESL) Fact Sheet.
BBA and BFA students entering as first-year students in 2016–2017 should refer to the sample curricular pathways outlined in the
ESL Guide for information about how ESL classes support first-year study.