TOEFL organizer promised Russians the opportunity to take the exam remotely

Citizens of Russia and Belarus will be able to take the TOEFL exam remotely from August 4 ETS, which conducts the TOEFL English exam, will allow Russians and Belarusians to take it remotely from August 4. Conducting a face-to-face exam in these countries is not possible due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine

Citizens of Russia and Belarus will be able to take some versions of the TOEFL English exam remotely from August 4, the Educational Testing Service (ETS) said in a statement.

“ETS is amending its March 2022 policy and will now allow test takers in Russia and Belarus to register for the TOEFL iBT Home Edition, TOEFL Essentials, and GRE Home Edition unless they have any financial barriers to doing so,— a representative of the company told TASS.

He clarified that due to the ongoing Russian military operation in Ukraine, it is still impossible to pass the exam in centers located in Russia and Belarus. Those who want to take the TOEFL in person can do it in other countries.

The day before it became known that ETS banned Russian citizens from registering for the exam. When trying to register on the site, indicating Russian citizenship, users received a message in their personal account that access was restricted at the request of the Office for Foreign Assets Control— units of the US Treasury.

TOEFL is taken to study or work in English-speaking countries, it is most often chosen for moving to the USA or Canada. In March, the exam organizers announced that they were suspending testing in Russia and Belarus as a sign of “solidarity with the people of Ukraine; at the same time, Russians and Belarusians had the opportunity to take the exam abroad.

In March, Russia suspended the international English language exam IELTS. Passing it is necessary for those who intend to enter universities or find a job in English-speaking countries, including the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

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