The State Department requires that J‐1 sponsors verify that J‐1 exchange visitors have sufficient English fluency to:

  • Perform their J‐1 activities or complete their academic program.
  • Navigate daily life in the US.
  • Read and comprehend program materials.
  • Understand fully their responsibilities, rights, and protections.
  • Know how to get help if needed.

Options to Verify English Proficiency

  • Computer based TOEFL test with a score of 79
  • IELTS test with a score of 6.5
  • Scholars may also utilize the “J-Check” program which allows them to test from home provided they have a computer with a camera. The cost to the exchange visitor for this test is $99
  • In some instances the scholar may be able to submit a “Language Proficiency Report.” Please check with Kimberly in the International Office to determine if that option will be allowable.