After Fraud Allegation, ETS to no longer offer TOEFL and TOEIC
Global testing agency Education Testing Service (ETS) will no longer be offering Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) tests for the purpose of granting visas to the United Kingdom, in the wake of a recent controversy. This comes as a big blow to many visa aspirants, especially students looking to study in the UK.
In a BBC programme earlier this February, allegations had been raised regarding fraudulent and improper measures that were adopted by candidates to attain a copy of the TOEIC accreditation test. Following this incident, the British Home Office has announced that its contract with Education Testing Service will not be extended.
"The Home Office has been investigating the allegations of fraud and decided that in future it will change the list of English language test certificates that are acceptable in support of UK immigration applications so that ETS tests are not included," says the official website for the UK Council for International Student Affairs. The website also says that this is because of accusation of fraud.
This was confirmed by ETS on its TOEFL website. In a statement on the website, ETS said, "Following the broadcast of a BBC Panorama programme in February 2014 which highlighted an organized element seeking to circumvent the UK's visa-granting process, ETS has made the decision not to extend our Secure English-language Testing (SELT) license with the Home Office. As a result, TOEIC