Britain’s Home Office has suspended English-language tests run by a global arm of the Educational Testing Service after a BBC investigation asserted that Britain’s student-visa system was plagued by fraud.
The BBC program Panorama reported that students who were signed up to take visa-application tests never actually sat for the examinations. Instead, the BBC said, others took the tests for them or read them the answers out loud.
In a message on its website, ETS Global said the Home Office had asked that the tests be suspended temporarily for “immigration purposes.”
Before the tests were suspended, ETS told the BBC that it “does everything it can to detect and prevent rare instances of dishonest test administrators or test takers.”Return to Top