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PTE Academic Online bookings open with tests starting in Jan 2022

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Hundreds of Universities sign up to PTE Academic Online, with numbers increasing rapidly.  

London, December 13, 2021, 9 AM  Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, today announced that PTE Academic Online has opened for bookings with tests starting from January 11, 2022. 

Hundreds of universities across the globe have already added PTE Academic Online to their list of recognized tests for students needing to prove their English proficiency. 

These include: 

  • Macquarie University and RMIT, Australia  

  • University of Manitoba, Winnipeg and Humber College, Toronto, Canada 

  • University of Oxford and University of York, UK 

  • University of Canterbury, New Zealand 

  • Arizona State University, University of Alabama, and University of South California, USA 

Exactly the same test as PTE Academic, Online is a new online proctored option for people who prefer to sit the test remotely, from the comfort of their own home or office. 

The Online test takes two hours and follows the same format and scoring system as the new PTE Academic test center exam. It’s important to note that although the online test is identical to PTE Academic, it is not currently valid for visa or migration purposes. 

Test takers are asked to check the PTE Academic Online recognition list before booking the test. 

Freya Thomas Monk, Senior Vice President, Person Tests of English, Pearson, said: “It is great to see so many leading universities worldwide already accepting PTE Academic Online, with the list growing by the week. 

“This acceptance shows that both colleges and candidates want the option of a secure and trusted test which can be taken at home, in case travel to a test center is not possible, or global events such as Covid mean widespread test center closures, for example.” 

PTE Academic Online is delivered through Pearson VUE's online proctoring solution, OnVUE. With just a simple check-in process, utilizing highly secure ID verification tools, face-matching technology, and a live proctor, candidates can test without leaving the comfort of home. Test-takers must have access to a reliable internet connection, a computer with a webcam, and a quiet location to take the test. 

The introduction of PTE Academic Online follows the start last month of the two-hour PTE Academic exam in test centers – a reduction of one hour on the original test. 

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