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
  1. Provide official TOEFL scores of:
    • TOEFL iBT (internet-based test): 65
    • TOEFL PBT (paper-based test): 513
    • IELTS Academic Test: 6.0

2. Submit unofficial transcripts from an accredited 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) course with a grade of C or better, or
3. Submit unofficial transcripts from an accredited U.S. college or university documenting the completion of a minimum of twelve (12) transferrable credit hours of non-ESL courses with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher, or
4. Submit a JCCC Accuplacer placement test score of 115 or higher.
5. Submit an unofficial copy of your high school or university transcript to IISS if you attended three years of high school and graduated or completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited university in one of the English language countries listed above.
6. Submit an unofficial copy of your U.S. high school or GED transcript documenting a minimum of seven years of education in the U.S. to IISS.
7. Submit an ACT English sub-score of 19 or higher; the student is eligible for placement in English 121 (Composition I).

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 or IELTS center on a college or university campus, 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

If you don't currently meet proficiency requirements please review the English for Academic Purpose (EAP) information.

JCCC is currently reviewing admission requirements and scores may change.