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26 Apr, 2014

TOEIC, TOEFL axed as route to U.K. visa | The Japan Times

Apr 25, 2014 Two of the most popular English-language proficiency tests in Japan can no longer be used to obtain student visas to Britain after a British TV program exposed fraud in the test-taking process.

The visa ban applies to the TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) and the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), said Educational Testing Service, the U.S.-based company that runs the tests, last week.

The fraud, uncovered by “BBC Panorama,” a BBC program, was limited to the TOEIC, but since both the TOEFL and TOEIC tests share the SELT license regime, neither test will be used in the future, ETS said.

This means Japanese planning to study in Britain will have to take lesser known tests to obtain a visa.

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