Intensive English Program (IEP)


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  • Superior English language instruction through a comprehensive curriculum
  • Prepares students for academic and professional success
  • Our English language classes serve the linguistic and professional development needs of The University of Arizona and the greater global community
  • CESL promotes cultural and linguistic diversity and understanding through sensitivity, professionalism, and collaboration both on and off campus
  • Flexible curriculum, as we understand that students learn in different ways and offer a variety of instructional methodologies to meet student learning styles
  • Active classes which require intense student participation to improve individual language skills

Placement and Class Changes

  • Daily schedule of 20-22.5 hours per week instruction (depending on level of placement) for each of five to seven levels of English ability, designated levels 10 through 70 (advanced).
  • The number of levels will vary depending on student enrollment and need
  • Classes may be scheduled any time between 8:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. daily
  • Students must be available for class during this time
  • Upon arrival at CESL, students take the placement test during orientation.
  • Our students make rapid progress in a rigorous and challenging curriculum.


Many factors affect performance on the placement test; therefore, during the first 3 days of class all instructors perform further diagnostic evaluation and change students if necessary.

  • Instructors may initiate a level change for new students if they believe a student has been placed above or below their ability level.
  • Continuing students are placed based on their grades in the previous level, and in general do not change levels.
  • Other reasons for class and level changes are handled on a case-by-case basis.


  • CEA Accredited
  • Sessions may begin in August, October, January, March, June, or July
  • 7 levels
  • 180 hours of instruction in two months
  • 20-23 hours of instruction per week
  • Students take placement test upon arrival
  • Class size: 15-18
  • Application fee $105
  • Cost is $3056 for two months for tuition and fees

Our levels and what they mean

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Our levels Corresponding Standardized Test Data* What they mean
Level 10  No data (novice users) Beginning
Level 20 No data (beginning users)
Level 30 430 PBT*, 38 iBT**, 56 MELAB**
Level 40 450 PBT, 44 iBT, 60 MELAB Intermediate
Level 50 480 PBT, 54 iBT, 65 MELAB
Level 60 485 PBT, 57 iBT, 66 MELAB Advanced
Level 70 505 PBT, 62 iBT, 70 MELAB


*The estimated score is based on the overall average scores of students taking ITP/PBT while in that level. Note: Average TOEFL ITP/PBT gains from level to level range from 9 to 36 per level. This data is not a guarantee of placement at CESL nor predictive of advancement, but is for illustrative purposes only.

**Based on corresponding data of MELAB with PBT and iBT, + or - 3 points, and TOEFL/IELTS correspondence charts.


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