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Home Office in the media blog: Friday 24 May

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Home Office in the media

Today's leading story is a report from the National Audit Office on the response to allegations of cheating on an English-language test.

NAO report

There is coverage  this morning of the National Audit Office report into cheating on the TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication).

All coverage reports that the cheating was first uncovered by a BBC Panorama investigation. Subsequent enquires in 2014 by the Educational Testing Service, which administered the test, classified nearly 34,000 tests as invalid.

A Home Office spokesperson said:

As the National Audit Office has highlighted, the Tier 4 system was subject to widespread abuse in 2014 and almost all those involved in the cheating were linked to private colleges which the Home Office already had significant concerns about.

The report is clear on the scale and organised nature of the abuse, which is demonstrated by the fact that 25 people who facilitated this fraud have received criminal convictions.

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