In a highly competitive global education system, changes to an open English-language testing environment built on choice can put at risk UK universities’ ability to attract the brightest and the best international students.
One common way in which universities around the world do attract the brightest students is by relying on standardised, globally accessible English-language tests, such as the TOEFL iBT® test, to assess candidates and make informed admissions decisions.
However, recent changes threaten UK universities’ competitiveness, as the TOEFL® test may now only be used under “vouching” provisions. In many parts of the world, the TOEFL test is far better known than any other English-proficiency test, and its worldwide testing network enables the best and brightest students to consider study in the UK. By limiting TOEFL score acceptance, will the UK be able to maintain its reputation and the perception that it is an attractive and open destination for international students?
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