TIDASA boosts South Africans' chances for international post graduate admission

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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 added.

"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.