Niagara College

Niagara College has told more than 400 Indian students that they must retake their English language test or risk losing their offers of admission for January 2019, reports the Hamilton Spectator. Steve Hudson, Niagara’s VP of Academic and Learner Services, said that the number of non-native speakers who were flagged by faculty as academically “at-risk” surged from 150 in previous years to approximately 300 this fall. A subsequent in-house language test found that 200 of the students lacked the required English proficiency to pass their coursework, and that 80% of those students had taken tests at IELTS testing centers in India. Hudson added that Niagara is treating the failure rate as an “anomaly,” and that it will continue to work with IELTS to address the issue.

 

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