English Proficiency Requirements for International and Immigrant Students


If you are not a citizen of one of the following countries, you will need documentation of your English proficiency:

  • Commonwealth Caribbean (does not include the Dominican Republic, Haiti or the Dutch Isles)
  • English-Speaking Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Australia
  • South Africa
  • New Zealand
  • Republic of Ireland

English Proficiency Documentation

If you are not a citizen of one of the countries listed above, you must submit original documentation of English proficiency from one of the options listed below:

  1. Provide official TOEFL scores of:
    • 500 or above on the paper-based test, or
    • 173 or above on the computer-based test, or
    • 61 or above on the internet-based test, OR
  2. Provide an official IELTS score of 4.5, or
  3. Provide an official PTE score of 70, or
  4. Provide an official TOEIC score of 525, or
  5. Submit unofficial transcripts from a U.S. college or university documenting you have completed the equivalent of JCCC’s English 106 (Introduction to Writing) course or English 121 (Composition I) with a grade of D or better, or
  6. Submit unofficial transcripts from a U.S. college or university documenting the completion of a minimum of twelve (12) credit hours with a grade of D or better, or
  7. If you are in the United States at the time you apply for admission, you may take the JCCC English as a Second Language Placement Exam. A score of 95 or above is required.
  8. If you attended three years of high school in one of the English language countries listed above and graduated, submit an unofficial copy of your high school transcript to IISS to satisfy your English language requirement.
  9. With an ACT English sub-score of 19 or higher, the student is eligible for placement in English 121 (Composition I).

Though you may be from an English-speaking country not listed above, JCCC follows the recommendations of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). These recommendations identify countries recognized as using English predominantly for industry, government and education.

When to Take English Proficiency Exam

  • To meet the application deadlines, the test should be taken by February for fall semester applicants, by August for spring semester applicants or by December for summer applicants.

Previously Accepted Scores

  • Scores must be less than two years old at the time submitted to JCCC.

English Proficiency Exam Taken at Another University

  • If the examination you completed was an institutional examination, one specifically administered for institutional purposes, it will not be accepted. If the examination you completed was not an institutional exam but one simply administered at an officially certified TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC or PTE university’s or college’s examination center, it will be accepted if you achieved the minimum required score and the test is less than two years old.

TOEFL Exam

  • The TOEFL is the preferred examination used by most colleges and universities in the U.S.
  • The TOEFL is administered worldwide at scheduled times throughout the year.
  • JCCC does not administer the TOEFL examination.
  • You need the JCCC institutional code, which is 6325, in order for your scores to be sent to Johnson County Community College.
  • Test bulletins and registration forms are available at U.S. embassies and consulates and offices of the U.S. Information Services, or contact TOEFL directly:

TOEFL Services
PO Box 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151 USA
877-863-3546