The ability to communicate effectively in English is crucial to academic success for university and college students in an English-speaking environment. The purpose of Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) is to accurately assess the listening, reading, speaking and writing ability of test takers who want to study at institutions where English is the principal language of instruction. PTE Academic is endorsed by the Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®).
If you are a non-native speaker of English and need to demonstrate your academic English language ability, PTE Academic is the test for you. The test provides an accurate measure of a test taker’s English language proficiency to ensure success in courses and active participation in university and college-level education where English is the language of instruction. Institutions will use the results of PTE Academic to determine the actual English language skills of applicants when making admission decisions.
Pearson Language Tests—a division of Pearson, the world’s leading education company—is responsible for the development of PTE Academic. Test development professionals involved in producing the test are based in several countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia.
PTE Academic has been developed in accordance with the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference (CEF or CEFR; Council of Europe, 2001), which is a widely accepted standard of ability or performance in language testing. Test items are also internationally approved to ensure that the test is representative of and measures international academic English.