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Interest Grows in Pearson Test of English Proficiency

Using a variety of innovative and integrated test questions and leveraging new technologies to enhance the testing experience and accelerate scoring, PTE Academic will provide comprehensive and robust information about applicants’ English language skills to universities and colleges as they make admissions decisions.

PTE Academic was successfully pilot tested last year in 21 countries, including China, Korea, Japan, India, and South Korea. Pearson gathered information about the technical functioning of the test administration hardware and software and feedback from test takers on their perceptions and experience taking the test.

The Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College at the City University of New York, Northeastern University Graduate School of Business Administration, and University College Dublin Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School are among the growing number of schools that will turn to PTE Academic to measure the capabilities of international candidates for admission to their programs.

“Students from throughout Europe and around the world come to UCD Michael Smurtfit Graduate Business School to prepare to be the business leaders of the future,” says professor Tom Begley, dean of UCD School of Business, which includes UCD Michael Smurfit School of Business. “We are recognizing PTE Academic because we know that it will provide us with an accurate and reliable measure of the English language ability of candidates for admission that we can use to determine if they are prepared to succeed in our intense programs.”

PTE Academic will be administered using new technologies to ensure maximum security and to enhance the testing experience. Stringent security measures implemented in the Pearson VUE test center network protect test content and verify the identity of the test taker. Multiple biometrics are used to ensure the security of the testing process such as digital photographs, fingerprints and signatures to authenticate test takers. Administrators also implement video and audio monitoring in the test center to provide the highest level of security. “Pearson has a proven record of test security, which makes it an easy decision to collaborate with the company on this effort,” says Kate E. Klepper, associate dean of graduate business programs at the Northeastern University College of Business Administration,

For more information about the test, visit the Pearson website at

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