Verify J-1 visitors’ ability to participate in their program and to function on a day-to-day basis with a solution built to meet DS 2019 English proficiency requirements as conveniently and effectively as possible.

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Customer Stories

Why Add the English3 Interview?

Built for J-1 Exchange Visitors

Built with universities for universities to meet the unique needs of international offices, sponsoring departments, and exchange visitors. Targeted to meet DS 2019 requirements.

Scholars Prefer the Interview

Scholars complete the interview anytime, anywhere, and in only 25 minutes. 8 out of 10 scholars prefer the English3 Interview over other options, even free Skype interviews.

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Terra Dotta and Sunapsis Integrations

Scholars link directly to the interview.

Scores upload directly to the scholar profile.

Unmatched Test Security

Proprietary techniques and patent-pending technology give administrators confidence in Score Reports.

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Free for the University

Scholars typically pay for the interview. 88% of scholars agree that the convenience provided makes the interview a good value for the price. Departments can also pay for the scholar.

Seamless Implementation

Receive the support you need for seamless implementation in your office and across departments. The most common feedback we hear about implementation is that it was far easier than expected.


Frequently Asked Questions

What do applicants need in order to complete the interview?

  • A reliable internet connection
  • Working microphone, webcam, and headset
  • A quiet room where you can work alone
  • A government-issued photo ID

How soon do applicants receive their Score Reports ?

Within 24 hours or 5 business days, depending on the interview option chosen.

How long is the interview?

The interview lasts about 25 minutes.

How long do interview scores remain valid?

2 years.

The nature of acquiring a new language and the natural process of language atrophy require the interview score validity to expire after 2 years.

How are scores reported to the university?

  • Sunapsis, Terra Dotta
    • Interview scores are automatically uploaded to applicant records in Terra Dotta and Sunapsis.

  • Administrator Dashboard
    • Access scores, interview videos, comments and other resources on your dashboard. This is provided as a free resource.

  • Email
    • Administrators receive an email notification with the applicant score report as soon as it becomes available.

How do the Terra Dotta and Sunapsis integrations work?

Applicants link from Terra Dotta or Sunapsis directly to their interview. Once the interview is completed and scored, score reports are automatically uploaded to the applicant profile and a notification is sent to the administrators.

English verification becomes an automated and seamless process for the international office and sponsoring department.

How does English3 ensure test security?

For an in-depth review of test security, click here.

For a test to be valid, it must be secure. As university customers attest, interview scores consistently reflect exchange visitor English ability once they arrive on campus. Critical elements of interview security include:

  • Real-time free response to open-ended questions, simulating real-to-life conversation
  • Facial recognition software ensuring test-taker identity
  • Remote proctoring and scoring by a certified human rater (1:1 proctor to test-taker ration)

  • Randomized questions from an extensive question bank

  • Innovative test item types used to benchmark ability across all responses

How do the results compare to the IELTS or TOEFL?

The English3 Interview is a targeted evaluation of the applicant’s ability to function on a day-to-day basis and to participate in their program—primarily evaluating speaking and listening proficiency. Our rubric does provide concordance with the Common European Framework for speaking skills and correlation to TOEFL and IELTS. For a comprehensive English assessment with TOEFL and IELTS concordance for speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills, please see the English3 Proficiency Test (E3PT).

How is the Interview scored?

Human raters score the interview video according to our proprietary rubric, which is aligned to the CEFR and designed specifically for J-1 exchange visitors.

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What are the qualifications of English3 raters?

  • 3 years in language training and/or assessing
  • An undergraduate degree in related field of study (or equivalent experience)
  • Master’s degree in a related field (Preferred)
  • A recognized qualification in TESOL/TESL/TEFOL (Preferred)
  • Fluent in a second language (Preferred)
  • Completion of English3's rater certification course
  • New hires dual-rate with a manager until certified (two months or longer)
  • Recertification every two years with ongoing manager review.

Who do applicants contact when they experience technical problems?

Technical problems rarely happen, but when they do we work directly with the applicant to resolve the issue.


Applicants are instructed to contact about any problems.

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