January 5th 2021, 9 AM London: Pearson, the world’s learning company, has announced its next phase of locations where people can take PTE as a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) purposes. 

Today, the UK Government approved Pearson to open bookings for SELT testing in a further 17 locations including Oslo, St Petersburg, Riga, and Casablanca. With the exception of Quito, all these locations see their first-ever PTE centres opening. 

The tests will be delivered through the Pearson VUE test centre network. Pearson VUE’s network of test centres has implemented proactive health and safety measures including, but not limited to, readily available hand sanitizer, increased sanitization in high touch areas, and the regular disinfection of testing workstations (completed between each test taker). These measures support the safety of both testing candidates and staff. Face masks are required at all Pearson VUE-owned test centres. 

Freya Thomas Monk, Senior Vice President of English Assessment at Pearson, said: 

“The New Year is traditionally a time when people set themselves new goals and challenges and this can involve major life changes, such as moving abroad to work, study, or start a new life. 

“For those who have decided their future is in the UK and who need a Secure English Language Test to help them get there, PTE is on hand to help 

Pearson’s SELT tests are as follows:  

  • PTE Academic (UKVI) – a four-skills language test accepted for work and study visas. It tests Speaking, Writing, Reading, and Listening skills.  
  • PTE Home – a two-skills language test accepted for family, settlement, citizenship applications as well as Sportsperson and Representative of an Overseas Business applications. It tests speaking and listening skills.  

Today’s news (following our firstsecondthirdfourth, and fifth phase announcements) brings our overall total of UKVI approved locations to 190. This completes our phased rollout of locations for UKVI, although we will continue to adapt provision in line with demand. 

Test takers should click here to keep up to date on the latest approved locations.  

For more information on the UK Home Office Visas and Immigration process click here. 

For media queries contact Kasia Reardon at kasia.reardon@pearson.com 


Notes to Editors 

  1. About Pearson: Pearson is the world’s learning company with more than 24,000 employees operating in 70 countries. We combine world-class educational content and assessment, powered by services and technology, to enable more effective teaching and personalized learning at scale. We believe that wherever learning flourishes so do people. 
  2. The full list of locations approved in Phase 6 is as follows:
    City Country 
     Tirana Albania 
    Buenos Aires Argentina 
    Banja Luka Bosnia and Herzegovina 
    Phnom Penh Cambodia 
    Quito Ecuador 
    Riga Latvia 
    Lilongwe Malawi 
    Mosta Malta 
    Casablanca Morocco 
    Maputo Mozambique 
    Yangon Myanmar (Burma) 
    Oslo Norway 
    Lima Peru 
    St. Petersburg Russia 
    Freetown Sierra Leone 
    Ljubljana Slovenia 
    Kigali Rwanda 




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