Sunday, November 23, 2014


The UK Home Office and the Educational Testing Service (ETS) who administer the TOEFL and TOEIC tests, have ended their partnership.

This means that UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) will no longer accept TOEFL or TOEIC as proof of your English language skills. ETS will officially be removed from the list of approved English language test providers on 1 July 2014. However, UKVI state that they are accepting visa applications which rely on a TOEFL or TOEIC certificate as long as the visa application was made and the visa fee paid for before 22 July 2014. There are further exceptions to this for students who are going to study on a pre-sessional course and foundation course.

The latest guide on tests approved by UK Visas and Immigration to show that applicants have the required level of English for their visa can be found on this link: Approved English Language Tests

However, if you are applying to study at the UK, you will need to meet a specific English level requirement. The university is free to choose how to asses your level of English and therefore universities may still accept TOEFL as proof of your English language skills. While, the end of partnership between the UK Home Office and ETS, have made some universities decided that they will no longer accept TOEFL as proof of English language.

Please contact your chosen university to find out if they would accept a TOEFL test to meet the English requirement of the course.

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