Admissions Exams Canceled Across China

The coronavirus has led to the cancelation of GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, and IELTS testing across China this coming month.

When we read about college or graduate school admissions test cancelations in nations such as China or South Korea, the first thing that comes to mind is: another security breach? After all, we’ve reported over the years on several test cancelations as a result of security breaches. So often exam questions or entire exams are leaked out in advance of administrations — leading organizations like College Board and ACT to cancel tests. And while all of next month’s TOEFL, IELTS, GRE, and GMAT exams across China have been canceled, the cause is not a security breach. The cause is the coronavirus.

GRE, GMAT, TOEFL Exams Canceled Across China Due to Coronavirus

As Bloomberg News reports in a piece entitled “China Cancels GRE, GMAT Exams That Students Need to Study Abroad,” “The cancellations may mean a delay in when some Chinese students can begin studies outside the country. That would not only affect matriculation planning for universities and schools, but could make it harder for China to achieve the promised increase in imports that it agreed to in the trade deal with the U.S. Chinese studying or traveling overseas is counted as an export of services, and the agreement commits China to almost double 2020 imports of services from 2017 levels…Full refunds are available for people planning to take the tests in February and future registration and examination details will be announced according to the progress of epidemic prevention and control, [the National Education Examinations Authority] said in the statement.”

It certainly seems wise to us to shut down testing centers across China, potential breeding grounds for this deadly virus. It is our hope that all folks across China — and around our world — stay safe from this deadly pandemic in the days and weeks to come.


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