ASC English School
617.505.4573

Prominent provider of English as a 2nd Language (ESL) and iBT TOEFL Instruction. We have two locations near downtown Boston and several major colleges.

Answering FAQs About Student Visas

It is not necessary for a student to become a U.S. citizen in order to gain admittance to a university, college, or language school in the states. However, it is necessary to have a valid and current student visa. Applying for a student visa is easier than you might think. After the English school accepts you as a student, you’ll receive a form to present at your visa interview.

What Type of Visa Do I Need?

The visa category for most students is “F.” You’ll need an F-1 student visa to attend a university or college, conservatory, high school, or English school. The only exception to this is if you plan to attend a non-academic institute, commonly referred to as a vocational institute. In this case, you’d apply for an M-1 visa.

What Documentation Is Required to Apply?

To attend an English school in the U.S., you can expect to go to a visa interview at your embassy or consulate. You’ll need to bring original documents such as your passport, which must be valid for a minimum of six months beyond your anticipated departure date from the U.S. You must also have your application fee payment receipt, nonimmigrant visa application, and Form I-20A-B. Some students may be asked to bring additional documentation, such as evidence of your academic preparation.

I’m Currently a Visitor. Can I Switch to a Student Visa?

If you’re currently in the U.S. with a tourist B-2 visa, ASC English can help you change your status and obtain an F-1 visa while you’re in America.

Can I Travel Outside the Country on a Student Visa?

You shouldn’t need a new student visa to re-enter the U.S., provided your current visa is still valid. When you re-enter the U.S., the immigration officers will check your SEVIS number along with your visa.

ASC English offers more information about student visas on our website. If you need additional assistance applying to our language school in Boston, you can reach us at (617) 505-1391. At ASC English, we’re dedicated to helping our students build bright futures.


Tips for Improving Your English Pronunciation

It’s common for ESL students to struggle with a few particular sounds in English. If you find that you’re having difficulty, you can always speak with your ESL teacher. He or she can offer some tips to improve your pronunciation. One method is to listen to movies and songs in English. You can even search on YouTube for videos specifically geared toward pronunciation improvement for ESL students. As you listen to these videos, practice saying the sounds out loud. You may wish to record yourself speaking so that you can hear what you sound like.

ESL teachers often find that students who have been mispronouncing a particular word for a long time have the most trouble learning how to pronounce it correctly. Establishing good habits is much easier than fixing bad habits. When you come across a new English word, break it down into its individual sounds. Then, practice saying each individual sound separately before putting those sounds together to form the word.

The ESL teachers at ASC English in Boston are dedicated to helping our students fine-tune their language skills and achieve high scores on the iBT TOEFL. International students are invited to call (617) 860-3212 and ask us about our skills classes, which include pronunciation practice.


Spotlight on Our Some of Our University Partners

ASC English School of Boston provides comprehensive ESL classes to international students, many of whom are interested in enrolling in an American university or college. To better serve our valued students, our English school has formed partnerships with many of the universities in the Boston area. Our dedicated ESL teachers look forward to welcoming new students and helping them achieve their academic, personal, and professional goals.

Northeastern University

Northeastern University is among the most prestigious universities in the Boston area. This private research school is a top-ranked college with a diverse student population. Northeastern offers programs to suit virtually every area of interest—from liberal arts to business to science. ASC English students have the opportunity to enroll in Northeastern’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business, an accredited program that enables international students to earn MBA-level graduate credits. This opportunity is available to students who have completed the level five ESL course at ASC English.

Quincy College

If you’re anxious to begin your university education before you’re ready to take the TOEFL exam, consider applying to Quincy College. The school accepts ASC English students without a TOEFL score, provided they have completed our level four ESL class. Quincy College offers flexible scheduling and a variety of academic programs with a global focus. Their programs include early childhood education, healthcare administration, accounting, and many more.

Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology

If you’re interested in a two-year degree, then this school may be right for you. Located in the historic South End of Boston, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology is one of the oldest colleges in New England. Like Quincy College, ASC English students may apply for admissions to this school despite the absence of a TOEFL score. However, you must have successfully completed the level four ESL class at our English school.

Our university partnerships in Boston have made it possible for many of our students to gain admittance to exceptional colleges. To read more about these and other university partners available to international students at ASC English, visit our website. Or, give us a call at (617) 505-1391 to inquire about admissions.


Writing Your College Application Essay

After you’ve taken ESL classes and the iBT TOEFL, it’s time to think about applying to American universities and colleges. For many students, writing the college application essay is a challenge. It can be difficult to know which topic to select and what college admissions directors are looking for. While the admissions staff will see your transcript, your grades are only a partial reflection of who you truly are. Use your essay as an opportunity to make yourself stand out.

As you’ll learn by watching this video, the best college application essays are about topics that the student is passionate about. The students in this video offer some tips for selecting the right topic, spending plenty of time on revisions, and following the directions for the essay.

ASC English School has unique relationships with schools in the Boston area, allowing our ESL students to enroll part-time in college while honing their language skills in our English programs. For more information about concurrent enrollment, call (617) 860-3212.


Answers to Your Questions About the TOEFL Test

By taking the iBT TOEFL exam, you’re taking an important step toward investing in your future. Thousands of institutions, including American universities and colleges, require TOEFL scores from international students. If you’ve never taken the TOEFL test before, you likely have a lot of questions about it. You may wish to talk with your ESL teacher about what you can expect from the exam or you might discuss your questions and concerns with your fellow ESL students.

How is the TOEFL Exam Scored?

Unlike most tests, the iBT TOEFL exam has no pass/fail benchmark. You’ll receive scores in four areas – reading, listening, speaking, and writing. You can receive up to 30 points in each section for a total of 120 points.

What Score Do I Need to Achieve?

Different institutions have different requirements for TOEFL scores. If you’re taking the iBT TOEFL exam with the goal of admittance into a particular institution, you should check with that institution requiring their TOEFL score requirements.

How Do I Access My Scores?

You can view your iBT TOEFL scores about 10 days after the test date by logging into your TOEFL online account. Score reports will be sent to the institutions you selected about 13 days after the test date. However, bear in mind that mail delivery varies around the world. After the mailing date, it may take seven to 10 days for a recipient in the U.S. to receive the score report. Outside the U.S., it may take four to six weeks.

How Long is the TOEFL Test?

The iBT TOEFL exam is a timed test. The exam itself takes four hours. However, you should plan to be at the testing center for at least four and one-half hours. You’ll need to arrive at the testing center 30 minutes ahead of the start time.

If you have any questions about preparing for the iBT TOEFL test, the dedicated teachers of ASC English School are here to help. We offer superior English programs in Boston designed to give you all the skills you need to achieve an outstanding score on your iBT TOEFL exam. To request more information about our ESL classes, call (617) 860-3212.


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Hours of Operation

  • Closed Sunday
  • 9:00 AM to 6 PM Monday
  • 9:00 AM to 6 PM Tuesday
  • 9:00 AM to 6 PM Wednesday
  • 9:00 AM to 6 PM Thursday
  • 9:00 AM to 6 PM Friday
  • 8:30 AM to 6 PM Saturday