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DEFENSE SECURITY COOPERATION AGENCY
MEMORANDUM FOR :
FY 09 ECL AND OPI COUNTRY EXEMPTION LISTS, DSCA Policy 08-36
The following provides the FY09 English Comprehension Level (ECL), Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), and Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) country exemption lists based on review by the Combatant Commands, MILDEPS, Defense Language Institute English Language Center (DLIELC), and Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA). OPI requirements cited in service regulations or instructions must be coordinated with DLIELC prior to inclusion. Information on the ECL and OPI tests is available under English language training on the international training management web page at http://www.disam.dsca.mil/itm/.
The following 22 countries are exempt from all in-country and CONUS ECL, TOEFL and OPI testing: Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Brunei, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, India, Ireland, Jamaica, Malta, Mauritius, New Zealand, Singapore, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad, and the United Kingdom. (Note: students from Pakistan scheduled for senior PME courses are also exempt from in-country and CONUS ECL, TOEFL and OPI testing.)
The following 38 countries are exempt from in-country ECL testing: Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Botswana, Denmark, Fiji, Finland, France, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Lesotho, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malaysia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tonga, Uganda, Vanuatu, Samoa, and Zambia. (Note: in-country ECL testing is required for students from Israel scheduled for senior Professional Military Education (PME) courses.).
The following 49 countries have a minimum 55-ECL exemption: Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Benin, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Comoros, Congo (Brazzaville), Democratic Republic of the Congo (DROC)/(Kinshasa), Cote D' Ivoire, Djibouti, East Timor, Eritrea, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Georgia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mongolia, Montenegro, Mozambique, Niger, Russia, Rwanda, Serbia, Sao Tome, Southern Sudan, Tajikistan, Togo, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and Yemen.
The following policy guidance pertains to ECL testing:
Students from non-exempt countries (all countries except those listed in the second paragraph) must meet the TOEFL requirements established for admission to graduate programs offered by several DoD institutions. The test is administered in Paper-Based (PBT), Computer-Based (CBT) or Internet-Based (IBT) form. Scores are valid for two years from the date of the test and must be current when the student reports to the institution.
The following 17 countries are exempt from in-country OPI testing: Austria, Belgium, Botswana, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. As appropriate:
SAOs may require an OPI if concerned with student language capabilities. SAOs are strongly encouraged to schedule in-country OPI tests for all candidates with an OPI requirement that exceeds 2, since levels 2+ and above require extensive language training time. Insure candidate scores minimum of 85 on in-country ECL/ALCPT prior to scheduling an OPI.
ECL-exempt countries can request internet-based ALCPT to establish candidates' eligibility for required OPI testing. Internet-based testing is available on a case-by-case basis under the following conditions: 1) country is ECL and/or OPI exempt and does not have an active ECL test-site, 2) country can provide a test control officer IAW DLIELC Instruction 1025.15 who will log-on candidate in U.S. facility and remain in room during testing, and 3) U.S. facility has high speed internet connection. Submit internet based testing request via e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The above in-country ECL and OPI testing exemptions listed in the third and seventh paragraphs respectively do not apply to exercises and competitions, ship crew training, and training at civilian institutions that may require language testing IAW standards established by the U.S. Host organization. This language prerequisites/testing requirements may be referenced in the message/invitation announcing the exercise/competition/ship crew training/training at civilian institutions and are defined in the applicable training plan and/or LOA. Any request to waive testing requirements for exercises or competitions will be directed to the U.S. host organization.
DSCA POC is Kay Judkins and JP Hoefling (Programs/BPC Division) at commercial telephone: (703) 601-3719/3655, DSN telephone: 329-3719/3655, commercial fax: (703) 604-6540, DSN fax: 664-6540.
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