Pearson Test of English accepted for New Zealand immigration

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic), a leading online language proficiency test, will be an approved proof of English language proficiency for all visa categories with an English language requirement from Monday 21 November this year, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) announced today.

This means for the first time all visa applicants to New Zealand will have a choice of Government-approved English language testing options. PTE Academic is already accepted by 100 per cent of New Zealand universities and widely used by student visa applicants.

Vinne Schifferstein, Director Language Testing for Pearson, said: “Pearson is proud to achieve INZ recognition.

“PTE Academic is a secure English language test that enables test-takers to access their scores quickly.

“We are also approved by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection for all visa tiers, so the New Zealand Government’s approval further consolidates PTE Academic as the fast growing secure test for visa applications.”

David Barnett, Managing Director of Pearson Australia and New Zealand said: “For many years applicants from non-English speaking countries, such as India, China, the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore were limited in their choice of tests to prove their English language proficiency.

“While our test is academically challenging it is based on the real life English migrants need. The test provides a seamless user experience, from booking, testing, through to receiving results making the process less stressful for applicants and organizations processing a test taker’s application.

“Pearson looks forward to assisting the New Zealand government with recruiting skilled migrants to their workforce.

“The computer-based test uses cutting edge technology to ensure score reliability, and integrity of the testing process. It also offers the fastest score reporting in the market, with test takers receiving their results typically within five business days.”

For more information, visit www.pearsonpte.com

Media contact: Heather Gilmore heather.gilmore@pearson.com or +61400407515

For further details related to the announcement visit the Immigration New Zealand website

About PTE Academic

  • Accepted for all New Zealand and Australian visa categories requiring English Language Proficiency
  • Accepted by all New Zealand universities and approved by NZQA
  • Accepted by renowned colleges, universities, training providers and professional associations across the English-speaking world, including Harvard Business School, Yale University, INSEAD, and London Business School.
  • Delivered through a global network of overs 200 test centres, including in Auckland where we test every week
  • For a full list of recognising institutions please visit: www.pearsonpte.com/the-test/who-accepts-it/

About Pearson

Pearson is the world’s learning company, with expertise in educational courseware and assessment, and a range of teaching and learning services powered by technology.

Our mission is to help people make progress through access to better learning. We believe that learning opens up opportunities, creating fulfilling careers and better lives.

For more, visit www.Pearson.com.
Pearson English is a division of Pearson and more than 1.5 million teachers and 33 million students use our English language learning resources and tools each year. We offer dynamic and effective learning solutions to individuals, institutions and corporations in over 150 countries.

Our key businesses include: Wall Street English (centre based learning for consumers) and ELT (institutional English language publications including brands such as Longman). In 2013, Pearson acquired Grupo Multi, the leading adult English Language Training company in Brazil.

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