The UK Home Office and Education Testing Services (ETS), who administer the TOEFL and TOEIC tests, have ended their partnership.
This means that UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) will no longer accept TOEFL or TOEIC as proof of your English language skills. ETS will officially be removed from the list of approved English language test providers on 1 July 2014. However, UKVI state that they are accepting visa applications which rely on a TOEFL or TOEIC certificate as long as the visa application is made and the visa fee is paid before 22 July 2014. There are further exceptions to this for students who are going to study on a pre-sessional course and foundation course.
A full explanation is available on the UKVI website.
Information for university applicants
If you are applying to study at degree level in the UK, you will need to meet a specific English level requirement. The university is free to choose how to asses your level of English and therefore universities may still accept TOEFL as proof of your English language skills. However, following the end of the partnership between the UK Home Office and ETS, some universities have decided that they will no longer accept TOEFL as proof of English language.
Please contact your chosen university to find out if they would accept a TOEFL test to meet the English requirement of the course.
For information on how to apply for a Tier 4 student visa, please read our Tier 4 visa application guide.
For most up-to-date information on this issue, please refer to the UKVI website.