TOEFL Now Accepted for Canada’s Student Direct Stream

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) will now be accepted for Canada’s Student Direct Stream (SDS), according to the Educational Testing Service (ETS).

The SDS is a fast-track study permit processing program for international students who plan to enroll in one of Canada’s post-secondary designated learning institutions.

This development has been approved by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Until now, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) was the only English-language testing option authorized for the SDS route.

In addition, Canada will also start accepting the Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic test for Student Direct Stream applications.

Rohit Sharma, Senior Vice President of Global Higher Education and Workskills at ETS, stated, “Not only will the addition of TOEFL benefit the hundreds of thousands of students who take advantage of the SDS route each year, but institutions can feel confident knowing that they can access a wider pool of applicants who can demonstrate their skills with the premier test of English-language proficiency.”

Students can begin submitting TOEFL iBT scores as part of their SDS application starting August 10, 2023. The SDS is available for students applying from several countries, including Antigua and Barbuda, Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Morocco, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Senegal, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and Vietnam.

ETS, which conducts TOEFL and Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), announced a series of changes in the English language proficiency test to create an optimal experience for those taking it. The changes will be effective from July 26.

TOEFL is accepted by more than 12,000 institutions in over 160 countries, including popular destinations such as the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and by over 98 percent of universities in the UK.

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