Britain Suspends Student-Visa Tests After Fraud Investigation

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.”

A notice on its website in the UK said that the Home Office has requested ETS to suspend various tests temporarily in the UK related to immigration purposes.

It also said candidates who had appointments to take a test for immigration purposes would be contacted to process a refund.

The government said it had suspended two colleges identified by Panorama and all further English language tests done through ETS in the UK.

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