English Language Progress Levels
SFCC's Intensive English Language Program (IELP) has 4 Levels: 50, 60, 70, and 80 level. International students
progress to the next higher level at the completion of each level. Normally, students complete each level in one
quarter, although in some cases students may advance more than one level in one quarter. English language students
exit the program by completing the requirements of the 80 level. In most cases, students are encouraged to enroll in
90's level Bridge Courses to further enhance their English language proficiency. Students completing these 90 level
Bridge Classes receive regular college credit.
After completing their English study, and prior to commencement of regular college classes, students receive a second
examination. Students planning to enroll at Spokane Community College take the
ASSET test. Students planning to enroll at Spokane Falls
Community College take the COMPASS test. Both tests are designed to
measure a student's writing, reading, and numerical skills, and are administered to ALL incoming students both
resident and international. The results of these tests are used to determine at what level students may enroll in
specific academic courses in the college. For example, a high score on the numerical portion of the ASSET test may
allow the student to enroll in higher-level mathematics courses.