Conditional Admission FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about Conditional Admissions and the English Language Requirement

What does “conditional admissions” mean?

This means that Arcadia University has decided that you are a good candidate for the school. However, you have not successfully met the admissions requirements for graduate or undergraduate study, For example, you did not receive high enough English language test scores.

Tests Full UG Admission Full Graduate Admissions
iTEP (5) 4.5
sect min 4.0
sect min 4.5
iBT (120) 71
sect min 17
sect min 18
PBT (800) 530
sect min 50
sect min 60
CBT (300) 200
sect min 20
sect min 20
IELTS (9) 6
sect min 5.0
sect min 5.5

Therefore, you must first successfully fulfill the specific conditions in the Conditional Admissions Letter that you received from Enrollment Management. You are not fully admitted to Arcadia University until you have successfully fulfilled these conditions. 

What are the English language conditions that I have to fulfill?

For students who need to improve their English language scores, you have three options:

Option 1: Maintain steady academic progress through each level of the Intensive English program and successfully complete the English-Plus Bridge with an average grade of at least “B” and with no course grade less than a “C-”.

Option 2: Receive an average grade of “C” or higher and complete the iTEP exit exam for $60 at the end of the advanced level and earn the required scores for full admissions at the graduate or undergraduate level. See minimum score requirements in the table below.

Option 3: Take either the TOEFL iBT or the IELTS and submit the official score reports. Arcadia must receive official score reports at least 4 weeks before the start of the upcoming semester. See minimum score requirements in the table below. 

NOTE: You can only repeat a level at ELI one more semester. If you do not meet these conditions, then Enrollment Management will re-evaluate whether you should continue studying at the university.

How long will I have to take English language courses?

The answer to this question depends on each individual student. (Are you going to study hard in and outside of class? Are you going to do all your homework? Are you going to practice using English outside of class? Are you going to listen to the radio and/or watch TV in English? Are you going to read in English as much as you can? Are you going to earn good grades in your classes?). If the answer to all of these questions will be “YES” and if these things actually happen, then you can use the Time Prediction for English language coursework below: 

Your Predicted iTEP score:
Your Predicted ELI Entrance Level:
Predicted time at ELI:
TOEFL iBT score is: IELTS score is:
0.0-13 0.0-1.0 0.0-0.9 95 6 semesters
14-25 1.1-2.9 1.0-1.9 96 5 semesters
26-42 3.0-3.5 2.0-2.6 97 4 semesters
43-56 3.6-4.0 2.7-3.3 98 3 semesters
57-63 4.1-5.2 3.4-3.9 99 2 semesters
64-70 5.3-5.9 4.0-4.4 100 1 semesters

Only iTEP is used for placement into ELI levels and classes.

How do I determine the amount required to be shown on my Declaration of Finances and Bank Statements?
Textbooks Student
for I-20

One Summer
(6 Weeks)

$2888 $2000
$180-$200 $0 $160-$290 
(required if you
don't have 
One Semester
(15 Weeks)
$5775 $4490-$5300
$180-$200 $350 $320-$580 
(required if you
don't have 
Two Semesters
(30 Weeks)
$11,550 $8980-$10,600
$360-$400 $700 $640-$1160 
(required if you
don't have 

Can I submit my TOEFL or IELTS scores and be placed in a higher level of English language classes?

No. Only iTEP is used for placement into ELI levels and classes. TOEFL and IELTS scores are not used for level placement. They are only used to make a decision about admissions into an undergraduate or graduate program at the university.

Can I skip a level if my English proficiency improves quickly?

If you think your English proficiency improved quickly and that you need to skip a level of classes in order to finish the program more quickly, then you should talk to the ELI director. You can pay $60 and take the iTEP only one more time in order to demonstrate that you need to be in a higher level.

I do not want to take English language classes at Arcadia. What can I do?

Some people are good at studying on their own without teachers and without language classes. If you think that you can study very hard on your own, then it is your choice. You can study on your own in your country and take the iTEP, the IELTS, or the TOEFL iBT to see if you will earn the minimum required score for graduate or undergraduate study.

Why should I take English classes if I just need a good English language test score?

The classes at the ELI will help you learn language more effectively so that you will hopefully get a better score on the iTEP or other English language tests. Specifically, ELI teachers can provide structure for your learning, they can provide you with opportunities to practice, and they can give you explanations and corrections when you need them. The ELI also offers a course in English language test preparation and practice.

Can I take a graduate or undergraduate course at Arcadia University if I am conditionally admitted?

At the 100 advanced level of English language classes only, students may be eligible for the English-Plus Bridge Program. Students in the Bridge Program may be able to take one graduate or one undergraduate course while they are also taking English language courses, depending on the student’s class schedule and the availability of courses in a given semester. In order for a student to be eligible to take one graduate or undergraduate course at Arcadia University, that student must have earned at least a score of 4.0 on the iTEP or a grade of “B” or higher in his/her ELI level 99 coursework.

What can I do if I don’t get a good English language test score?

If you do not get the score you want on the iTEP, you can pay $60 and take the iTEP only one more time after two weeks.

What can I do if I fail my ELI classes and cannot advance to the next level?

If you fail your courses and cannot advance to the next level, then you can repeat that level of classes only one more time in the next semester. If you fail your courses and cannot advance to the next level in following semester, then you cannot take any further classes at the ELI. Enrollment Management will then decide whether your conditional admissions will be revoked (taken away).

What can I do if I have a scholarship that will not pay for English language study?

If your scholarship will not pay for any further English language study, then you have two options: (1) find another source of funding for school, or (2) pay for school with your own money.