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Pre-Bridge Program

Pre-Bridge Program Overview

TSIE's Pre-Bridge Program is for undergraduate students only. These students must be conditionally-admitted to Texas State University on the basis that they have not yet met the university's TOEFL/IELTS language requirements for full admission (TOEFL: 78 iBT, 550 PBT, 213 CBT or IELTS: 6.5) or for the Bridge Program admission (TOEFL: 59-77 iBT, 500-547 PBT, 173-210 CBT or IELTS: 5.5-6.0). These students are accepted to Texas State by the Undergraduate Admissions Office who then requires students to enroll in intensive English classes with the TSIE department.

Students not interested in enrolling in a degree program at Texas State will not qualify for the Pre-Bridge Program and, instead, should research TSIE's non-conditional admission program: the Intensive English Program (IEP).

The Pre-Bridge Program requires students to first apply to Texas State University online at ApplyTexas. Upon successful acceptance to Texas State, the Undergraduate Admissions Office will grant students a Texas State University-issued Form I-20 and a conditional agreement letter stating their requirement to enroll in intensive English classes and complete placement testing.

All Pre-Bridge students will be required to enroll for the maximum 4 core TSIE classes (reading, listening/speaking, writing, and grammar) for 20 hours per week, ranging from levels 1500 to 4550. After completing all four 4550-level TSIE classes, students will become fully-admitted students and will drop their conditional admission status.

During the semester, all Pre-Bridge students will be encouraged to take the TOEFL or IELTS tests as to expedite their status change to full admission. If a student passes a TOEFL or IELTS exam during the semester, gaining more than the minimum required score for full admission study, the student will be allowed to drop their conditional admission status at the end of the semester and will be allowed to enroll as a fully-admitted student in the following semester.


Eligible TOEFL/IELTS Scores

The following scores reflect the minimums required for admission to the Pre-Bridge Program. If a student has earned more than these scores, they may be eligible for the Bridge Program or for non-conditional admission (full admission). If a student has earned scores lower than these minimums, they will be encouraged to research the Intensive English Program (IEP).

For an overview of all Texas State and TSIE English requirements, please go here.

Test Eligible Scores (Total)
TOEFL iBT 45-58
TOEFL PBT 450-497
TOEFL CBT 133-170
IELTS 4.5-5.0

Pre-Bridge Structure

Students will be required to take 4 TSIE Placement Tests to determine their level for each proficiency skill. According to those results, as well as other English proficiency tests (TOEFL/IELTS if available) and the student's academic and professional goals, TSIE will select which classes and levels the student should enroll in for that semester.
It is possible for students to be at different levels in different skills or to test well enough so that they do not need to enroll in any classes for a specific skill. Overall, TSIE ensures that students enroll in classes that customized to the student's needs and goals as well as their current ability.
Each level consists of 4 classes for an entire semester (spring, fall, summer). A student's time in the Pre-Bridge Program will depend on which level they are placed at as well as their progress in each class throughout their intensive English career. Typically, students placed in all Level 1 classes will take 5 semesters worth of intensive English classes (about 2 years worth) and then be encouraged to apply to Texas State University to start their academic degree program if interested. The levels are outlined as follows:
Note: Pre-Bridge students typically test at Levels 2 or 3 for all skills, however, TSIE will make all levels available to the student based on their specific English needs.

Level 1 (1500) - Beginning

  • ESLR 1500 (Reading)
  • ESLO 1500 (Oral Skills)
  • ESLW 1500 (Writing)
  • ESLG 1500 (Grammar)

Level 2 (2500) - Low intermediate

  • ESLR 2500 (Reading)
  • ESLO 2500 (Oral Skills)
  • ESLW 2500 (Writing)
  • ESLG 2500 (Grammar)

Level 3 (3500) - Intermediate

  • ESLR 3500 (Reading)
  • ESLO 3500 (Oral Skills)
  • ESLW 3500 (Writing)
  • ESLG 3500 (Grammar)

Level 4 (4500) - High intermediate

  • ESLR 4500 (Reading)
  • ESLO 4500 (Oral Skills)
  • ESLW 4500 (Writing)
  • ESLG 4500 (Grammar)

Level 5 (4550) - Advanced *

  • ESLR 4550 (Reading) *
  • ESLO 4550 (Oral Skills) *
  • ESLW 4550 (Writing) *
  • ESLG 4550 (Grammar) *
* The 4550 Agreement: Once a student has completed all 4 of the advanced Level 5 classes with a grade of "B" or higher, the student has completed the program and may waive the TOEFL/IELTS requirement associated with admission to Texas State University. 

For more information about TSIE classes, please go here.