The deadline is June 18, 2024

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Once an application is submitted and considered complete (with at least one recommendation letter), applicants will be notified when they are eligible to schedule an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) in English. Applicants cannot schedule an OPI until they have completed all components of the EHLS application, and it has been reviewed for completion. The link and step-by-step instructions on scheduling an OPI in English will be emailed to applicants upon a successful review of their application. OPIs will be administered through July 12 2024.

Description of an OPI

OPIs are administered by Language Testing International (LTI). The OPI is a live 30-45 minute telephone conversation between a certified tester and the test-taker. Through a series of personalized questions regarding the test-taker’s academic, professional, and personal experience, a sample of speech is elicited and rated in accordance with the Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) scale. OPI’s will be proctered remotely.

A Remote Proctored OPI is proctored via webcam. In this case, the test-taker is responsible for providing the necessary technology, including a computer (laptop recommended), webcam, telephone, and internet access. Please review the technical requirements and download the necessary software well in advance of your scheduled OPI. You will connect 30 minutes before your scheduled OPI time with your proctor on zoom. Your proctor will ask to view your government issued photo ID, and your surroundings.

Take Note

You must schedule your OPI at least one week in advance of the desired test date. You cannot reschedule an OPI within 24 hours of the scheduled test time, and if you miss your OPI it will not be rescheduled.

If you have taken an English OPI with EHLS or another federal government tester since June 2023 and can provide proof of your scores (via a certificate or a signed letter on company letterhead), you may be able to waive this OPI. Please reach out to us at ehls@cal.org for further instruction if this applies to you.

Applicants that do not complete an English OPI or do not meet the minimum standard of a Limited Working Proficiency (ILR 2) on the English OPI will be disqualified from consideration and notified of the decision.


If you have questions about the OPI process, please contact CAL at ehls@cal.org or 202-355-1584.

View the Alumni Series video below, for tips on how to prepare for English Testing.

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Sunday, May 26, 11AM-5:30PM

EHLS Meet & Greet at Passport to Taiwan Festival, New York



Wednesday, May 29, 11AM EST

Webinar: What to Expect During and After EHLS


Thursday, May 30, 2-3PM EST

EHLS 2024 Live Q&A with Special Guest Alumni



Past Information Sessions

Find recordings of past information sessions HERE

The deadline is June 18, 2024

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