What Are The Consequences Of Cheating During the TOEFL Or GRE General Test? 

The majority of students across the globe are desirous of getting into their favourite universities abroad. Based on the kind of programmes students are trying to pursue, they are required to go through the GRE® General Test, which gauges the students’ skills at the graduate-education level. For courses taught in English, the TOEFL iBT® test is needed to establish familiarity with English. 

Educational Testing Service (ETS) administers international tests including the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication), Graduate Record Examination (GRE) etc in more than 180 countries. It treats cheating or fraud during the exam as a serious offence and performs thorough probes to maintain the sanctity of the testing regimens. It has been looking into addressing test security concerns for a long time. And, it happened to be the first in the world to set up an Office of Testing Integrity (OTI) more than six decades ago. 

So the obvious question is, what if it finds out that candidates are cheating? Let us find out the same: 

  • They can cancel scores on your exam prior to being released to you and the institutions of your desire. 
  • If ETS gets information regarding unfair practices after releasing your scores, then it can cancel scores and intimate your institution in such scenarios 
  • In case you get caught cheating on more than one occasion during an ETS exam, you can get banned from testing again. Some offences will result in an instant ban 

Hence, it is pertinent to be truthful while taking exams. So, prepare well for the exams and refrain from any shortcuts. This augurs well for your future as well. 

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