All classes in the college are conducted in English.  To successfully complete an academic program, applicants must demonstrate that they have proficient English communication skills.  The required TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score is 45 (on the Internet-based test) or higher.  Information regarding test dates and locations can be found at San Bernardino Valley College's Institution Code is 04679.  The college also accepts IELTS test result.  The minimum IELTS score required for admissions is 4.5.

The TOEFL requirement may be waived, if an applicant whose native language is English and who has attended high schools or universities for at least three years where English is the principal language of instruction.

All newly-admitted students are required to take the Basic Skills Assessment Test to assess the levels of their English comprehension and writing skills before registering for classes.