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### Validating TOEFL Scores at US Universities through Indian Study-Abroad Partners

Universities in the United States can now authenticate TOEFL test scores through their Indian study-abroad partners, as per the Educational Testing Service (ETS). ETS, headquartered in Princeton and responsible for administering exams such as TOEFL and GRE, has established a partnership with Career Mosaic, a prominent student recruiter in South Asia, for score verification.

Beginning this week, US universities will be granted access to validated scores, significantly bolstering the credibility of student profiles shared with them. This initiative aims to alleviate the administrative burden on US universities, streamlining the student enrollment process.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is a standardized test designed to assess the English language proficiency of non-native speakers seeking admission to English-speaking universities.

Recognized by over 12,000 institutions across 160 countries, TOEFL is widely accepted in popular study destinations like the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and by more than 98% of universities in the United Kingdom.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with Career Mosaic to verify TOEFL scores of US university applicants, thereby enhancing the universities’ confidence in the submitted scores. This partnership underscores the shared commitment of both organizations to provide universities with dependable and effective solutions for evaluating the English language proficiency of potential students,” stated Sachin Jain, the country manager for ETS India and South Asia.

ETS introduced a series of enhancements to the 60-year-old test last year to optimize the test-taking experience. These changes included reducing the test duration to under two hours (from three) and enabling candidates to view their official score release date upon test completion. Manisha Zaveri, Joint Managing Director at Career Mosaic, emphasized, “The TOEFL score verification services provided by ETS through Career Mosaic in India can significantly boost the credibility of student profiles shared with US institutions. This collaboration will strengthen the integrity of TOEFL scores, benefiting both universities and the increasing number of Indian students pursuing higher education opportunities in the USA.”

Blerina Polovina, Director of International Admissions and Business Development at Webster University USA, lauded the initiative, stating that the validation of TOEFL scores will streamline the university admission process, expediting student enrollment.

“By utilizing validated scores, universities can forego the need for English proficiency score verification, thereby facilitating a smoother and more reliable admissions process for students and universities alike,” added Polovina.

According to ETS data, the number of TOEFL test-takers in India has surged by 59% since the resumption of international travel post the COVID-19 pandemic. Indians now constitute over 12% of the total global TOEFL test-takers.