ETS IS NO LONGER PROVIDING TOEIC AND TOEFL



Source: UK Council for International Student Affairs

The Educational Testing Service (ETS) is no longer providing TOEIC and TOEFL tests for people who want to use them in support of UK immigration applications. This is because of allegations of fraud.

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.

If you have already used an ETS test for your application to the Home Office in the UK, and you do not yet have a decision on that application, you should contact the student adviser at your institution as soon as possible and show them any letters you have received from the Home Office. If you received a letter from the Home Office suggesting that you sit a fresh test with a different approved provider of secure English language tests [^]then you should do that straightaway, and follow the procedure outlined in the letter to provide the Home Office with evidence of that. If your course is at degree level (or higher) at a publicly-funded Higher Education Institution, ask your institution if they are prepared to assess your English language ability themselves, instead of you having to sit another test. If you have not received any letters from the Home Office then it might be that the Home Office do not have an up-to-date correspondence address for you, which could be very dangerous for your immigration position (talk to a student adviser at your institution straightaway about how to correct that, and what to do about sitting a fresh test). Make sure you tell the Home Office [^]if you change your correspondence address in future.

If you submitted an entry clearance application before 6 April 2014 that included an ETS test, we understand that your ETS test will be acceptable and your application will proceed as normal. We do not currently have any information about whether it will be possible to use an ETS test that was taken before 6 April 2014 for an entry clearance application made from 6 April 2014 onwards. If you submitted an entry clearance application on or after 6 April 2014 that included an ETS test, and your course is at degree level (or higher) at a publicly-funded Higher Education Institution, talk to your institution now about whether they are prepared to assess your English language ability themselves (rather than relying on the ETS test).



The UK Visa aspirants can have a look at the approved tests on the UK government website:



http://www.ukcisa.org.uk/news_detail.aspx?id=216