9 May 2012
Globally accredited English language test (TOEFL®), needed for
application to business schools and universities worldwide can now
be completed locally and online through FET College TIDASA. This
boosts South Africans' odds of gaining admission to international
MBA, PhD, MSc, MA, BSc and BA programmes.
In South Africa, where English is the first language of only 8%
of people and 80% of the population's mother tongue is an African
language, students at Further Education and Training (FET) College
TIDASA have completed the first Internet-based Test of English as a
Foreign Language, known as the TOEFL® iBT Test, in the country.
"The availability of the most widely respected English-language
test in the world provides South Africans wishing to study abroad
with proof that they can communicate well in the language, even
though it may not be their first or second language," said Dr.
Nicky Kruger, TIDASA - Principal.
TOEFL®, which tests English reading, listening, speaking and
writing skills is recognised by more than 8,500 colleges,
universities and agencies in more than 130 countries. "In South
Africa, there are currently only two TOEFL® Test Centres, despite a
huge need for this testing," explained Kruger.
TIDASA - the Training and Instructional Design Academy of South
Africa is an accredited FET college that offers comprehensive,
nationally recognised qualifications. "In our case, the tests
are complemented by our courses such as Business Writing, Report
Writing, as well as Basic English Language and Literacy," she
"We are thankful for the efforts and dedication of the TIDASA
team that guaranteed the flawless launch of the TOEFL® iBT testing
in South Africa. We are very positive that long-term cooperation
will not only bring the TOEFL® iBT closer to South African
students, but that it will contribute to the development of the
region by allowing young people to gain access to higher level
institutions," said ITTS Spokesperson, Zsolt Mészáros.
Registration for the TOEFL iBT course can be done online at www.ittservices.net.