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Latest news on ETS TOEFL tests

You may have seen in the news recently that ETS, the test provider of the TOEFL English language test, has decided not to extend its SELT (Secure English Language Test) licence with the Home Office. This news is particularly relevant to offer holders who will require a Tier 4 visa for their studies at LSE.

UPDATE: 22 May

You may have been affected recently by the changes surrounding ETS English language tests, including TOEFL. On 21 May, the Home Office confirmed that Higher Education Institutions may use their own judgement to decide whether or not to accept an ETS certificate as evidence of your English ability for entry to their degree programmes.

As such, LSE will continue to accept TOEFL tests as evidence of English language ability for the 2014/15 intake. This means that if you have taken a TOEFL test, which meets the requirements| for your programme, you will not need to take any additional English test.

Please note that using a TOEFL test to meet our admission requirements will not jeopardise your Tier 4 visa application. Your CAS statement from LSE will stipulate that we have made our own assessment of your English language ability. You will not be required to include your TOEFL test certificate in your visa application.

We appreciate that there has been a great deal of change regarding TOEFL tests recently, which is likely to have caused you significant inconvenience and stress. We appreciate you bearing with us while the UKVI established their position on this.

If you have met an English condition with an IELTS test, or evidence that your degree was fully taught and assessed in English, then there will be no changes to your offer, and these documents will be accepted in your Tier 4 visa application as before, so please do not worry.

We hope this helps put your mind at ease. If you have been affected by these developments, please make sure that you read our guidance on the alternative tests you can take, and make your plans accordingly.