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This last year has been a lamentable one for the standardized testing industry, as most colleges have switched to test-optional policies and test cancellations have afflicted administrations.

But even though colleges have shifted to test optional policies, most still require foreign students to take a test to demonstrate their English skills. For years, the main test used for admission to colleges in the USA was the Test of English as a Foreign Language, most known by its acronym TOEFL. However, during the pandemic, an alternative offered by Duolingo which is shorter and cheaper has gained popularity. It existed before the pandemic but has gained traction because of COVID-19.

For this reason, the Educational Testing Service is unveiling a new version of TOEFL, which should cost around half of the regular TOEFL but more than twice what Duolingo offers. The new test is called TOEFL Essentials, while the old test will be called TOEFL iBT.

ETS upholds that the TOEFL iBT is still the best test and they declare it to be the “gold standard”. ETS last month informed colleges of the genuineness of the new test and is starting to promote it, with the first use of TOEFL Essentials arriving in August. ETS is still promoting the original test but Duolingo is still gaining the upper hand against the original TOEFL.


Read more at:

https://www.insidehighered.com/admissions/article/2021/02/22/ets-unveils-new-toefl-keeps-old-toefl

In British English it’s the full stop; in American English the period. This punctuation mark has been used for centuries to finish sentences or in abbreviations. It seems that it’s use is changing with the younger generation today as a report from Binghamton University in New York shows that the standard period is “intimidating” to people 20 and under because they view it as a symbol of anger. this is often especially so on social media, where many youngsters largely forego the utilization of punctuation, apart from a liberal use of exclamation marks. Linguist Professor David Crystal said: “Usage of full stops is being ‘revised during a really fundamental way’. People simply do not put full stops in, unless they want to make a point.”





Read the rest of the article at: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8657089/Full-stop-intimidating-young- people-interpret-sign-anger-linguists-say.html
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