German translation: aus Formalitätsgründen / als reine Formalität / aus formalen Gründen
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English term or phrase:
aus Formalitätsgründen / als reine Formalität / aus formalen Gründen
The school requires foreign students to take the TOFEL test. It is not because studying for the TOFEL would help students to perform well at school. They just make prospective students to take the test for formality.