The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has approved the TOEFL iBT test for use in Student Direct Stream (SDS) program. Educational Testing Service (ETS) recently made this announcement regarding its widely recognized assessment of English-language proficiency.
This significant milestone offers students from India and 13 other countries the opportunity to study at prestigious higher educational institutions in Canada.
Students can now send their TOEFL iBT scores as part of their SDS application, starting from August 10, 2023.
As long as all eligibility criteria are met, the majority of SDS applications are processed within 20 calendar days.
What is TOEFL iBT?
The TOEFL iBT test, developed by ETS, is a trusted and preferred evaluation of academic English-language proficiency. It is widely accepted for various purposes such as studying, working, and immigration.
The TOEFL iBT test is accepted by 100% of Canadian universities. More than 12,000 institutions in over 160 countries use this test.
Aim of This Development
ETS strives to ensure that every student, regardless of their background, has access to their desired educational opportunities. This recent announcement is a tangible step towards achieving that goal, greatly benefiting Indian students in particular.
According to IRCC, a remarkable number of over 2.26 lakh Indian students chose to pursue their studies in Canada. This record-breaking figure positions Indian students as the largest group of international students seeking higher education in Canada.
How will the Approval Benefit Indian students?
The approval of the TOEFL iBT test for use in Canada’s SDS program further strengthens the educational pathway for Indian students. It also reinforces Canada’s commitment to welcoming and supporting international students.
This collaboration between ETS and the IRCC serves as a testament to the global recognition of the TOEFL iBT test. It provides a valuable opportunity for Indian students to fulfil their aspirations of studying in Canada.