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March 30, 2020: Updates to Requirements for Academic Transcripts & Course-by-Course Evaluations

What You Need to Know

Despite the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak, course-by-course evaluations and English proficiency language tests remain a requirement for all Johns Hopkins School of Education international applicants. Applicants with degrees earned outside the U.S. or Canada are also required to submit a course-by-course evaluation.

Credential Evaluations

For international applicants seeking to obtain a course by course credential evaluation for academic transcripts and degrees, the Johns Hopkins School of Education has extended approval for applicants’ use of the following agencies for international credential evaluations. In addition to World Education Services (WES) and Educational Credential Evaluator (ECE), our approved partners, we have extended approval for applicants select from a list of evaluation agencies listed on the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) website.

These following agencies are currently reporting that they are open and conducting evaluations during the wide-spread shutdown of U.S. organizations due to the Novel Coronavirus pandemic. Due to extensive delays and service disruptions, we strongly encourage that applicants make arrangements with one of these agencies, and allow 8-10 weeks to obtain a completed evaluation. Please request that these evaluation agencies send any completed evaluations to the SOE Admissions Office electronically. **Note** To meet this requirement, you must request a course by course evaluation of all non-U.S. and Canadian institutions where you have earned post-secondary college-level credit.

Int'l Credential Eval. ServicesStatus as of 3/30/20Website
Foundation for International ServicesOpen/Accepting New Clients
Global Education GroupOpen/Accepting New Clients
SpanTran EvaluatorsOpen/Accepting New Clients

Johns Hopkins University and the School of Education will continue to monitor the situation, and we will send you updates as we have them. Additional questions or application updates may be directed to the Johns Hopkins School of Education Admissions Office at

English Language Proficiency Test

While we prefer the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE, we will accept the J-Check test as an alternative for applicants living in China and the surrounding region who have been affected by test cancellations. If you already have TOEFL or IELTS test results, please submit those and do not take the J-check test. Our preferred minimum score on the J-Check test is 4.5 out of 6.0.

Follow the instructions below to complete the J-Check test.

  • Go to
  • Purchase a J-Check test ID and password. The fee is $99, and you will have your test ID and password e-mailed to you within 48 hours.
  • Once you have your ID and password, you will log-in and have the opportunity to take a free practice test before proceeding to the official J-Check test. The test requires that it be taken on a PC desktop or laptop computer with internet access, a microphone, and an activated webcam. It cannot be completed on an Apple computer or a tablet or smartphone. Technical requirements are provided on the J-Check website:
  • You will receive a copy of your results by e-mail, and official test results are sent to Johns Hopkins University within 24-48 hours. It may take an additional business day for the score to show as received on your application checklist.