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Students protest delay of TOEFL test results 'without reason'

04/09/12

origin: Students protest delay of TOEFL test results 'without reason' (http://koreatimes.co.kr)

Complaints from people who took the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) have been mounting after the administrators delayed the announcement of results without giving a reason.

The ETS (Educational Testing Service) said Sept. 4 that the results of the Aug. 19 test will be given on Sept. 7, having missed the initial date of Aug. 29.

On Aug. 29, ETS posted a notice on its website and sent emails to test-takers, saying, “The results of TOEFL IBT conducted on Aug. 19 will be released on Sept. 7”.

ETS did not clarify the reason behind the delay in notification of the results of the test. The common practice is that the results are released through the Internet 10 to 14 days after the tests are conducted with hard copies arriving in four to six weeks.

An official at ETS Korea said, “The test was over-subscribed and there was the Labor Day holiday Sept. 4, causing the screening process to be delayed.”

Owing to the unexpected delay, online sites associated with ETS have been flooded with complaints against. This is particularly because of the Sept. 8 deadline for the first round of early admissions to Korean universities in which TEOFL results are usually required.

“Handing out the results one day before the applications for early admission is like asking students to gamble on their future,” one high school senior said. “With the number of applications limited to just six, I am considering suing the ETS.”

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