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Testing Services

The English Language Center at Drexel University offers a variety of testing services including IELTS, CCHI, and RID.

J1 Exchange Visitor Proficiency Testing
The Department of State requires that a J-1 Exchange Visitor have sufficient proficiency in the English language, as determined by an objective measurement of English language proficiency, to participate in his or her program.

J-1 Exchange Visitors coming to Drexel are asked to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score. Passing test scores for TOEFL is the minimum combined score of 79.  Passing test scores for IELTS is a combined minimum score of 6.5.  If unable to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score, J-1 candidates may request a proficiency interview from the English Language Center. This 30 minute interview is conducted by telephone or Skype with a qualified English as a Second Language professional. It is designed to cover topics of daily life, professional experience, general experiences such as travel, education and opinions about familiar topics in the news.

More information about the test format and registration procedure can be found on the J1 Exchange Visitor Proficiency Testing page.

IELTS English Language Proficiency Testing
IELTS examination is conducted once a month on select Saturdays. For details, dates, fees and online registration, go to http://www.drexel.edu/elc/resources/testing_services/IELTS/.

IELTS Test Preparation Seminars
The English Language Center offers a series of evening classes dedicated to understanding, reviewing and practicing all four components of the IELTS test: Listening, Speaking, Writing (Academic and General), and Reading (Academic and General). The seminar classes are three hours each for a total of nine hours per month. Candidates may attend one, two, or all three seminar meetings. For details, fees and online registration, go to http://www.drexel.edu/elc/resources/testing_services/IELTS-testprep/.

CCHI Medical Translation Certification
CHI (Certificate Healthcare Interpreter) medical translation examinations sponsored by CCHI, the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters are administered on an individual basis. For details, dates, fees and online registration, go to http://www.cchicertification.org/prepare-for-your-exam/chi-test-center.

RID Sign Language Translation Certification
Sign language translation examination for RID (The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc.) is administered on an individual basis. For details, dates, fees and online registration, go to http://www.rid.org/rid-certification-overview/.

iBT TOEFL English Language Proficiency Testing
In 2017, Drexel University plans to begin administering the iBT TOEFL exam. For details, dates, fees and online registration, go to  http://www.toefl.org or call 1.800.GO.TOEFL for an appointment.