Pearson launched Pearson Test of English Academic in Islamabad,
Pakistan. Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, has also been
awarded commercial agreements from the UK Home Office to provide
Secure English Language Tests (SELTs) to people who need to
demonstrate their English language skills to work or live in the UK.
The commercial agreements will be delivered through the Pearson Test
of English (PTE) Academic and PTE Home – a new speaking and listening
test for family visa, settlement and citizenship applicants. Both
these English language tests have been internally developed by
First PTE-Academic testing centre “Peach Testing Centre” was
inaugurated in Islamabad, Pakistan by the
Vice President of the Pearson Mr. Derek Richardson. The event was also
participated by Ms. Premila Paulraj-Director Asia, Mr. Waqar
Shah-Business Head-BTEC & PTE-A, Mr. Omer Fazail-Business Head
Resources, Mr. Faisal Mahmood-Business Head Academic, Ms. Aisha
Farooq-Commissioner Regional Tax Office-Isb, and addressed by Mr.
Ejaz Abassi VP Federation of Chamber Commerce & Industry of Pakistan
and Mr. Muhammad Jamil-CEO JnS & Peach Testing Centre. Students and
immigrants can now book their tests online for the test centre in
The fully digital test is delivered through Pearson VUE, the
computer-based testing business of Pearson. The latest AI technology
is used for scoring; biometric data collection provides enhanced
security measures and voice recognition software is applied for the
speaking element of the test. These cutting-edge technologies ensure
the provision of an impartial and highly accurate test of people’s
English language proficiency.
Rod Bristow, President of Pearson UK, said: “We are proud that the UK
Government joins the Australian and New Zealand Governments in
recognising this test for visa applications, alongside thousands of
leading universities across the globe who already accept it for study
purposes – including most UK universities.
This represents an exciting opportunity for PTE Academic that it will
be one of four approved suppliers of UK Home Office.
PTE Academic currently has more than 250 test centres in over 50
countries, with its test centre network and global coverage due to
rapidly expand to more than 110 countries during the early stages of
the commercial agreements – and now including PTE Home.