Pearson has announced a second wave of locations, including India and the UK, where people can now 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 SELTs in a further 72 locations. This includes the first 8 centres in the UK and 15 centres in India as well as centres in Japan, Egypt, Philippines, South Africa, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia and Singapore, amongst others.
Bookings can be taken at all locations, with 57 of these locations open now to deliver testing, and the remaining 15 to open once individual COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
The tests will be delivered through the Pearson VUE test centre network. Pearson VUE test centres follow health and safety guidance provided by global health organizations and local governments. Amid COVID-19, the test centres operate with increased disinfecting and hygienic procedures and additional social distancing measures to support the safety of testing candidates and staff.
Pearson’s SELT tests are as follows:
- PTE Academic (UKVI) – a four skills language test accepted for work and study visas. It tests speaking, listening, reading and writing 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.
Mr. Ramananda SG, Vice President – Sales & Marketing at Pearson India, said, “The recent COVID-19 outbreak, which has impacted education systems all across the globe, has caused significant disruption on the international student movement. With respect to India, the number of students going abroad for higher education or work has increased tremendously in recent years in countries like the UK and Australia, which are emerging as the preferred destinations amongst learners. A recent survey shows that despite the unusual situation and uncertainties at hand, students still want to continue with their study abroad plans and hence, we believe that the news of PTE UK SELTS testing beginning in India across 14 centres, is definitely good news for learners who now have an opportunity to plan and appear for their English proficiency test to realise their dreams for the UK and get access to a safe, secure & world-class exam experience.”