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English as a Second Language

Are you looking to learn English for work, living or social integration and English is not your first or primary language?


Are you a current Lake Michigan College student seeking to learn the English language and improve your academic writing and reading skills?



Are you interested in taking courses toward a degree at LMC, but English is not your first or primary language?
The College requires all degree-seeking applicants whose first language is not English to adequately demonstrate English competency as a part of the application process at LMC. Students looking to enroll in credit-bearing classes may demonstrate competency by submitting scores from TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language), revised TOEFL paper-delivered, TOEFL paper-based, IELTS(International English Language Testing System), MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery), or any other standardized assessment approved by the Director of English as a Second Language at LMC.

Score reports of these tests must be sent from the test provider itself. It is the responsibility of the student applicant to contact the test provider to send a score report to LMC directly. Digital or photocopied copies of score reports sent by the applicant will not be accepted.

In some cases, applicants whose first language is not English may be exempt from taking these standardized tests. If English is not your first language, but you:

  • attended a U.S. high school for four years and graduated from a U.S. high school, or
  • satisfactorily completed one full academic year at a college or university in the U.S. as a full-time student without taking any ESL classes, or
  •  earned an accredited bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree in the U.S., or
  •  are from a country where English is one of the official languages (e.g., Canada, Australia, Malta, Malawi, etc.)

then you might be exempt from taking a standardized test to demonstrate EAP language proficiency prior to or while applying to LMC. You can verify your exemption status by submitting official transcripts and citizenship documentation as part of your application.

What if you don't qualify for exemption status?

LMC recognizes scores from the following internationally-recognized standardized English for Academic Purposes proficiency language tests. Click on the links below to find out more information about these tests.

Language Proficiency Testing

Educational Testing Service

Cambridge Assessment English

Cambridge Michigan Language Assessments (CaMLA)


Where can I take these tests?
These tests can be taken at testing centers all over the world and in southwest Michigan. To find a testing center location close to you, we have provided links to the test providers’ websites below:

If you have not yet taken one of these tests, you can indicate Lake Michigan College as the institution you want the scores sent to while you take the test. Most test providers allow you the ability to send your score reports to one or two universities at no cost. Depending on the test provider, you may need to pay a fee for additional score reports to be sent.

If you have already taken one of these tests within the past two years, you will need to follow the instructions specific to each test when requesting and sending your scores. International students who need an F-1 student visa through LMC must submit test scores as part of the documents needed to apply for an I-20.

Instructions for TOEFL iBT test scores
Score report recipients can be added or deleted through the TOEFL iBT® online registration system. There is a fee of US$20 for each score report requested. ETS has no control over mail delivery to various locations around the world. Allow 7–10 days after the mailing date for delivery in the United States, and 4–6 weeks for locations outside the United States.

Instructions for revised TOEFL paper-delivered and TOEFL paper-based test scores
You can order score reports up to 2 years after your test date. Requests to send additional score reports can be made by mail or fax.

Print out a copy of the Additional Score Report Request Form (PDF) and follow the instructions on the back of the form for completing and mailing or faxing your request and payment.


  • You will need a code number for Lake Michigan College (code: 1137).
  • The department name is English as a Second Language.
  • The fee is US$20 for each report.
  • Be sure to sign and date the form before mailing or faxing.
  • Reports are mailed 10 business days after receipt of your request form and payment.

Instructions for IELTS Academic test scores
Please contact the test center directly where you took the IELTS test and request that your official test scores be sent to the address below. We do not accept unofficial Test Report Forms from students. An institutional code is NOT required when sending reports.

Submit to:
Director, English as a Second Language
Lake Michigan College
2755 E. Napier Avenue
Benton Harbor, MI 49022
United States

To enroll in credit-bearing courses at LMC, the College requires minimum scores on the following:

  • an overall score of 61 or higher on TOEFL iBT
  • a listening score of 15 or higher, a reading score of 15 or higher, and a writing score of 4 or higher on the revised TEOFL paper-delivered test
  • an overall score of 515 or higher on the TOEFL paper-based test
  • an overall band score of a 6.0 or higher on the IELTS
  • an overall score of 69 or higher on MELAB

Test scores must be received by:

  • March 01, 2018 for the Summer 2018 term
  • July 01, 2018 for the Fall 2018 term
  • November 01, 2018 for the Spring 2019 term

Questions regarding Assessment for ESL students should be directed to the Director of English as a Second Language via phone (269) 927-6284 or email

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