The Testing Giants Come Out SwingingAlison Damast
For years, foreign students seeking to study at American universities and English-speaking programs around the world have turned to the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam, a tool admissions officers use to evaluate an applicant's English proficiency. Now, publishing giant Pearson (PSO) is hoping to get a piece of this lucrative testing market, unveiling a new global test of English this fall called the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic). The new exam will be available to students starting Oct. 26 in selected regions, and already 780 institutions around the world have expressed an interest in the exam, including 500 that have indicated they will allow students to submit it. It will measure students' listening, reading, speaking, and writing abilities.
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