There are currently nine states in the United States that require an English Language Proficiency Report be attached to the Credentials Evaluation Service (CES) Professional Report:® Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Virginia, and Wisconsin. If you apply for a Credentials Evaluation Service (CES) Professional Report® for a state that requires the English Language Proficiency Report AND you are not eligible for exemption from taking an English language proficiency examination (see below), you are required to submit scores from an acceptable English language proficiency exam before your CES Professional Report® will be issued by CGFNS to a specific state board of nursing.

The CES Professional Report® confirms English language proficiency (both oral and written) based on passing scores from either:

  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language, Internet-Based Test (TOEFL® iBT) or
  • The International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Basic requirements:

  • Passing scores must be less than two years old.
  • All passing scores must be sent directly to CGFNS by the testing agency.

In some circumstances, an applicant may be exempt from taking an English language proficiency examination.

Exemption due to English-based professional education:
To be exempt from having to take an English language proficiency examination based on an applicant’s completion of an English-based professional education, an applicant must meet the following two criteria:

  • The applicant’s entry-level professional education must have occurred in the United Kingdom, Australia, Barbados, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, South Africa, Trinidad & Tobago, or the United States; AND
  • English must have been the language of instruction, including the language of the textbooks.