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GMAC Collaborates With Pearson on English Language Test Launching in October

The Pearson Test of English Academic, a new English language test owned by Pearson and developed in collaboration with the Graduate Management Admission Council, will make its debut on October 26, 2009.

The Graduate Management Admission Council began working with Pearson in 2006 to conceive and develop a test that would more accurately measure the English language skills of students than existing exams. The computer-based test includes speaking and voice recording capabilities; score reports sent to schools will include a 30-second audio clip of the test taker’s speech.

“We are delighted to be working with Pearson, the world-wide global leader in publishing and assessment for education, on such an innovative exam, one that will define world class.
We consistently hear from universities that no test today provides an accurate measure of a prospective student’s speaking ability,” said David A. Wilson, president and CEO of GMAC. “Schools have a real need for a language assessment that measures the skills needed for successful class participation and group work, critical elements in graduate management education programs around the world.”

The test will be used by universities, higher education institutions, government departments and other organizations requiring English proficiency. More than 770 schools and programs worldwide have already indicated interest in recognizing the new test.

“PTE Academic will enable admissions professionals to listen to a recorded speech sample,” noted John Elliott, vice president and dean, Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, City University of New York. “This element is critical in making difficult admission decisions. We also like its innovative design and other capabilities—and we know that it will be administered with the same high standards of security that characterize the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)—ensuring us that the test taker and the applicant for admission are the same person.” Zicklin, the largest US school of business and a GMAC member, was the first in the US to recognize PTE Academic.

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