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Green River College International Programs

Testing & First Quarter Registration

Peer Mentors helping out at Orientation

Your advising team is excited to see you at the virtual and in-person Orientation, which will provide a comprehensive overview of Green River including placement tests, class registration, and a campus tour. It is very important to attend Orientation to get off to a good start on your academic journey at Green River College!

Students who have met the English Proficiency Requirement are eligible to take academic classes in the first quarter.

Your advisor will assist you with preliminary registration before your arrival. Please be sure to complete a **pre-registration form** so your advisor can learn a little about you in advance, and understand what classes interest you.

Your TOEFL or IELTS score will determine what level of English classes you will take, and what other academic classes you are qualified to register for in your first quarter. The approved placement for TOEFL or IELTS is as follows:

English 101

  • TOEFL 72 (no section below 18)
  • IELTS 6.5 (no section below 6.0)

English 101/117

  • TOEFL 64-71 (Writing 17 or higher)
  • IELTS 6.0 (Writing 5.0 or higher)



English 99/Read 104

  • TOEFL 64-71 (no section below 15)
  • IELTS 6.0 (no section below 5.5)

English 97

  • TOEFL 61-63
  • IELTS 5.5 (no section below 5.0)

Take Your Placement Tests

New Green River College students take two placement tests: the College Success Reading Assessment* and the WAMAP math test. You can take these tests online from your home. It is important to complete both tests as soon as possible because you cannot register for classes until you have completed the tests.  

* Please note that if you have a TOEFL score of 72 or higher with no section below 18 OR an IELTS score of 6.5 with no section below 6.0, then you qualify for our highest English class and do not need to take the College Success test. 

Testing is a multi-step process, and many new students have questions about it. We are happy to help, so please feel free to chat live with our Advisors or email us your question at You can retake the tests multiple times, and only your highest score is recorded. Your scores on these tests do not impact your grades.

College Success Reading Assessment

WAMAP Math Test 


Foundation for Success

Cost $100

This one quarter program is required for all incoming students. FFS helps students establish a strong learning foundation, enabling and supporting them in transferring to a top university. Students in FFS will have many opportunities to develop and perfect their skills. They will work alongside a Peer Mentor, who will be available during in person meetings and also via text or email. Peer Mentors are experienced Green River students who can speak to new students from their own experience, while listening to concerns, answering questions, and supporting the successes of new international students as they begin to navigate their own academic journey at Green River!

Visit FFS

International Student College Experience (ISCE)

Cost: $100

This one-quarter course is taken during the student’s first quarter and is required for all new Green River academic international students (except IEP graduates). The course prepares new international students for academic success at Green River and beyond by providing essential information and practical skills that will help make the transition into the college community and US as seamless as possible. ISCE provides the opportunity to learn about the university transfer process, college success strategies, and the expectations within the American collegiate classroom. This course counts for up to 2 credits towards the required 12 credits of full-time enrollment per visa regulations.

Visit ISCE


Accelerated College Reading & Writing (ACRW)

This is a specialized class for international students who are in academic coursework but whose placement score for reading and writing were under the minimum for the first level of classes in the English department. This course counts 5 credits towards the required 12 credits of full-time enrollment per visa regulations, although credits do not show in a student’s online schedule. Advisors will register students who qualify for this course. Students in this course will be guided by the instructor in determining the optimum time to re-take the placement exam.

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12401 SE 320th Street
Auburn, WA USA 98092-3699

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