January 01, 2009


 ECFVG language test format changes

Posted Dec. 15, 2008

The board approved revisions to the second step in the AVMA Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates certification program.

Step 2 assesses a candidate's English language ability. Non-native English speaking candidates must meet the minimal requirements established by the ECFVG on one of the following standard language assessments—the Test of English as a Foreign Language, Test of Written English, and Test of Spoken English; the Internet-based TOEFL, or iB-TOEFL; the International English Language Testing System; or the Canadian Academic English Language Assessment.

The paper- and computer-based versions of the TOEFL, TWE, TSE, and iB-TOEFL have been phased out in the U.S., and the Educational Testing Service now offers only the iB-TOEFL format. To determine score requirements, the ECFVG hosted a standard-setting workshop this past June, and in September, the commission recommended that the Executive Board approve certain revisions to the minimal requirements for the iB-TOEFL. The new or old requirements will be accepted through June 2009, but thereafter, only scores that meet the new requirements will be accepted.