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Pearson's PTE Academic Test Accepted by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in the UAE



 Pearson's PTE Academic Test Accepted by the Ministry of Higher Education and
                        Scientific Research in the UAE

  PR Newswire

  LONDON, March 7, 2013

LONDON, March 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

   PTE Academic test gives universities increased confidence in the English
                       language skills of new students

Pearson announced today that the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific
Research (MoHESR) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has recognised its English
language test, PTE Academic.  The MoHESR is the Federal Government's quality
assurance agency responsible for promoting educational excellence across
higher education institutions in the UAE. The accreditation of PTE Academic by
the MoHESR will ensure UAE students with a valid PTE Academic score will be
accepted into undergraduate and post-graduate courses at the UAE's three
government universities.

The test also provides assurance to universities that the students they are
admitting can effectively communicate in the English language in an academic
environment and will have a higher chance of academic success. PTE Academic
score reports show the achievements of test takers in the four key
communication skills, listening, reading, speaking and writing, as well as the
enabling skills of grammar, oral fluency, pronunciation, spelling, vocabulary
and written discourse. Test takers are provided with information on their
performance on each section of the test so that they can improve their skills
in specific areas if needed.

PTE Academic has been a popular choice among students around the world who
need to take an English language test, because of the test's fast turnaround
times - from booking the test to receiving results - and because it prepares
students to use their English skills in an academic setting.

The accreditation of PTE Academic by the MoHESR will allow universities to
employ an English language test that streamlines and enhances the admissions
process and assists university staff in making faster and better-informed
decisions about the students they admit.

Pearson's PTE Academic test has achieved esteem amongst learning institutions
around the world because of its reliability, objectivity, relevance and
importantly, its security. Pearson's state-of-the-art biometrics ensure the
security of the entire testing process. Score reports are viewed and
downloaded via Pearson's secure online verification system and only score
reports viewed via Pearson's online website are guaranteed to be authentic.
Security features of PTE Academic are the latest available, and include palm
vein scanning, the use of electronic signatures and CCTV recording throughout
the testing process.

Pearson is known throughout the Gulf region for its commitment to providing
the very latest in learning technology that is relevant to the needs of
learners in this part of the world. Pearson's regional president, Ms Christine
Ozden said of the MoHESR approval of the test:

"Pearson is delighted that the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific
Research has recognised the benefits of PTE Academic. The accreditation of the
test will allow hopeful university entrants throughout the UAE to undergo a
test that is known around the world for its fairness, ease of use, reliable
results and advanced security measures, which are some of the most
sophisticated on offer. I am proud to say that the test also has significant
advantages for the universities who rely on it to determine who they allow
into their institutions. These universities can be confident that they are
using a test that has been utilised by some of the world's most prestigious
learning institutions and government agencies."

Notes for editors:

About PTE Academic

PTE Academic is owned and administered by Pearson, the world's largest
learning company, which is made up of some of the globe's best known and
respected education brands including Dorling Kindersley, Penguin, Edexcel and
the Financial Times.

PTE Academic is accepted by the UK Border Agency for Tiers 1, 2 and 4 and
spouse visa applications and by the Australian Department of Immigration and
Citizenship (DIAC) for student visa applications. PTE Academic is endorsed by
the prestigious Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®), owner of the
Graduate Management Admission Test® (GMAT®). 

Globally, approximately 3,000 renowned colleges, universities, training
providers and professional associations accept PTE Academic scores, and the
test is recognised by 95 percent of higher education institutions in the
United Kingdom. PTE Academic is accepted by the UK Border Agency and by the
Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship

For a full list of institutions recognising Pearson PTE Academic, please
visit: http://www.pearsonpte.com/whoaccepts  

To book a test or for more information visit http://www.pearsonpte.com ,
alternatively, you can follow us on Twitter at
http://www.twitter.com/pearsonpte  or Facebook at
http://www.facebook.com/pteacademic

About Pearson

At Pearson, we take learning personally. Our courses and resources are
available in print, online and through multi-lingual packages, helping people
learn whatever, wherever and however they choose. Our education imprints
combine 150 years of experience and include online support for every learner. 
We provide education and assessment services in over 75 countries, helping
change the lives of millions of people every year. Our innovative and dynamic
digital learning products and services are changing the learning landscape all
around the globe and our qualifications are positively transforming the
futures of learners of all ages and backgrounds. To find out more, visit
http://www.pearson.com .

Contact: For more information: Sue Mainey, sue.mainey@pearson.com, Fran
Bayley, fran.bayley@pearson.com, +44(0)207-010-2633
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