I know what most of you are already thinking: here comes another blogger paid to tarnish an institution’s name or looking to blackmail an institution.
Let’s get two things out of the way: One, I have not been paid to drag anyone’s name through the mud and second, I am not here to blackmail Musish Ventures.
Quite the opposite actually, I’m here to warn unsuspecting Kenyans of Musish Ventures’ tricks and games.
My encounter with Musish Ventures happened when I needed TOEFL certification. This is a test given to students or people trying to show proof of their proficiency in the English language.
So, what did I do? Like every other millennial, I took to the internet to look up the best TOEFL institutions in Kenya.
As you might have already guessed, Musish Ventures came up in the top three results.
The reason I decided to settle on Musish Ventures was because of their very low prices as compared to the other institutions, and as we all know most of us live for cheap things.
Looking back now, I should have known that it’s true what they say, you get what you pay for.
I then looked up their location and proceeded there the following day in the morning, just before clocking in at work.
When I walked in, the small office had three staff inside and a young lady, in her early twenties was the one who served me.
Having said, I wanted to register for TOEFL exams, I filled in my details in a form given to me and told to pay 19,999 shillings through their Safaricom Business till Number, of which I did.
We then booked a date for the exam and they gave me a Compact Disk for all the reading material I needed.
They then assured me that they would keep in touch in weeks leading to the exam date.
A day later, I received a call from Musish Ventures and on the other end, was a man with a very heavy American accent.
The man claimed that after careful review of my details, Musish Ventures had discovered a better alternative for TOEFL.
He took me in rounds about the Canadian Institute of Education and the American Institute of Education no longer accepting TOEFL and they were, therefore, suggesting another form of examination called GRE.
I was adamant that I was only taking the TOEFL exam and to my utter shock he hanged up on me.
This raised fears and doubt within me and therefore clocked out of work and went straight to their offices.
At their offices, they confirmed that they indeed do not offer TOEFL exams and after having a very intense conversation with the one who seemed to be in charge, my money was refunded on M-Pesa.
After the incident, I took to doing research of my own and found that a lot of people had had the same experience as me.
Below is an example of screenshots of Google reviews I found:
My advice to those looking for a reliable center to take the TOEFL Exam is to do your research before making any hasty decisions.