New English Exam for Foreign Applicants

Pearson announced today the launch of Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic), the company's new computer-based academic test of English language proficiency. The test, which will be available to test takers from October 26, 2009, measures the English language skills of non-native English speakers who are seeking admission to institutions where English is the language of instruction. PTE Academic is endorsed by the Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®), owner of the Graduate Management Admission Test® (GMAT®).

The test uses Pearson's automated scoring technologies to measure the English-language listening, reading, speaking and writing abilities of non-native speakers and was developed through worldwide field tests involving more than 10,400 international students.

Among the recognising institutions for PTE Academic are London Business School, University of British Columbia, Queen's University Belfast, University of Edinburgh, HEC Paris and Yale University's Yale College.

To prepare for PTE Academic, test takers can visit www.pearsonpte.com/resources where a variety of test preparation materials are available. An official scored online practice test is available for test takers to predict how they will score on the actual test.

For more information visit www.pearsonpte.com

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