Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 03031243 (posted Mar. 12, 2003)"
Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools
CGFNS Begins Accepting TOEIC and IELTS Scores as Proof of English
Philadelphia, PA — March 3, 2003 — The Commission on Graduates of Foreign
Nursing Schools (CGFNS) will begin accepting test scores from both the Test of
English for International Communication (TOEIC) and the International English
Language Testing System (IELTS) effective on March 3, 2003, for foreign
healthcare workers applying for the CGFNS Certification Program and/or the
VisaScreen™: Visa Credentials Assessment program.
Applicants applying to the Certification or VisaScreen programs must pass an
English language proficiency examination as part of their requirements to
receive their certificate(s). Currently, there is only one organization, the
Educational Testing Service (ETS), that is approved to meet this requirement.
ETS administers the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the Test of
Written English (TWE) and the Test of Spoken English (TSE).
CGFNS believes that expanding the English testing options would increase
access and availability to English proficiency tests for foreign healthcare
professionals, and in turn, expedite the certification and screening processes
for applicants. CGFNS began searching for other "nationally recognized,
commercially available, standardized assessments" of the English language skills
of foreign healthcare professionals in order to facilitate the Certification and
As a result of that search, CGFNS has concluded that both the TOEIC and IELTS
examinations meet statutory, as well as CGFNS' high standards, for English
language proficiency assessments set forth in section 343 of the Illegal
Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA).
Beginning March 3, 2003, foreign nurses applying to the Certification Program
will have the option to take either the TOEFL (administered by ETS), the TOEIC
(administered by the Chauncey Group) or the IELTS (administered by Cambridge
ESOL Examinations, the British Council and IDP Education Australia). Foreign
healthcare professionals applying to the VisaScreen program will have the option
to take either TOEFL, TWE and TSE; TOEIC, TWE and TSE; or IELTS. (Please note
that applicants taking TOEIC offered by the Chauncey Group will still need to
take TWE and TSE offered by ETS.)
Applicants can contact these organizations at the following addresses:
TOEFL, TWE and TSE
Educational Testing Service
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151 USA
Telephone: (609) 771-7100
The Chauncey Group International, Ltd.
664 Rosedale Road
Telephone: (609) 734-1550
Cambridge Examinations and IELTS International
East Corson Street, Suite 200
Pasadena, CA 91103 USA