How do universities gauge if an international student has the right aptitude and attitude to flourish during their studies? Language proficiency tests are the starting point, and the marketplace is becoming busier and more sophisticated, as Viggo Stacey reports.
As of April 6, Trinity College London and IELTS will be the only two approved providers of Secure English Language Testing used to support UK visa applications, as part of a raft of changes to visa laws due to be laid before parliament on 26 February.
EF Education First, one of the world's largest English language training providers, has announced it will move into standardised testing with the launch of a free online exam that aims to rival established testing brands including TOEFL and IELTS due to its scope and accessibility.
Students come to university with a variety of English language qualifications, some as much as two years old. Putting them all through the same independent, CEFR aligned test on arrival is now an important part of induction into many institutions.