Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  How long does it take for me to complete the IEP?
A:  It will depend on your placement test result, but generally students spend one to three semesters in the program.

Q:  When is the placement test?  What do I study for it?
A:  The placement test is given on campus several days before classes begin. The test consists of two parts: the first part is a multiple choice test which includes reading, grammar and vocabulary questions; in the second part of the test, students write a short essay.

Q:  If I am accepted to the IEP, does that mean that I will be accepted to the undergraduate program at NC State?
A:  Admission to the Intensive English Program is separate from degree admission to NC State and does not guarantee admission to degree programs. Students should apply directly to Undergraduate Admissions or Graduate Admissions for admission to degree programs.

Q:  Do you issue the I-20 for the Intensive English Program?
A:  Yes. If you are admitted to the IEP, NC State will issue your I-20 and mail it to you.

Q:  I am under 18. Can I still apply to your program?
A:  You must reach the age of 18 during your first semester with the IEP. Students under the age of 18 must have written parental permission to attend the IEP.

Q: Can I be a part-time student at IEP?
A:  No. IEP students must attend all classes that are offered each semester. In general, classes are held between 23 and 25 hours per week.

Q:  As a conditionally admitted student, if I provide NC State with a new TOEFL or IELTS score that meets the direct admissions requirement, do I still need to complete the IEP? 
A:  Yes, you do. Once a student accepts the offer of conditional admission to NC State, he/she has made an agreement with the University and the Office of Admissions to fulfill the conditions of admission. 

A submission of a new TOEFL or IELTS score will not necessarily exempt conditionally admitted students from completing the IEP. While a higher score on a standardized test does indicate improved proficiency, student performance in an English language program is a better indicator over time of how successfully students are actually able to use their English language skills. 

Q: If I do not complete the IEP, can I submit a new TOEFL/IELTS score and reapply for admission to NC State?
A:  Yes, you can; however, you should be aware of several important issues. 

1) Your new application will be reviewed, and your progress in the IEP will be carefully examined. If your academic performance in the IEP is not strong, this may reflect negatively on your entire application. 

2) There is no guarantee that those students who previously recieived an offer of conditional admission will receive a letter of direct admission by submitting this new application. 

Q: After I complete the IEP, can I go home for six months or more before starting my undergraduate classes? 
A:  Conditionally admitted students who complete the IEP are expected to matriculate into their degree programs wihtin one semester of passing level 6. If you are away for more than one semester, you will be expected to reapply for admission with a new TOEFL/IELTS score. This is because language proficiency is lost if not actively used.