The U.S. Department of Education says it will start accepting test-taking English learners to fill more than 4 million college- and university-level openings this year.
The Department of Labor says it plans to accept nearly 7 million English language learners, or 2.6 percent of the total openings.
It said last week that the number of applicants for the test has risen by more than 5,000 in a year.
It will cost $1,000 a test, and the test is only taken by English learners with a score of at least 100.
The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights has called the test a threat to the right to freedom of expression.
group, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending violence against women and girls, said in a statement that the test was “unnecessary, biased and stigmatizing.”
The test has been criticized for its high rate of error.
A test taken by a college-bound student last year at Texas State University in Fort Worth, Texas, was taken by nearly 2,000 students who scored below 100.
A separate study of test-takers at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor found that more than half failed to meet expectations.
The Office for Civil Rights said it will use a different test, called the “Litmus Test,” to assess the literacy of students applying for the job.
The test is available online.