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education Updated: May 25, 2011 09:22 IST

Pearson Test of English Academic now accepted by Australian government

The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has formally approved Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) as satisfying the government’s requirements for testing the English language proficiency of student visa applicants. The decision means that for the first time in ten years, Australian institutions and their potential students will have a choice of government-approved English language testing options. The computer-based test, already approved by the UK Border Agency, uses cutting edge technology to ensure ID integrity and to minimise cheating. It also offers the fastest score reporting in the market, with test takers receiving their results within five business days.

Chris Bowen MP, Australian minister for immigration and citizenship, said, “I am very pleased Pearson has been chosen as one of the new English test providers and I am confident they will provide valuable service to student visa applicants”. For more information, visit