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The fourth phase of PTE centers approved to deliver tests for UKVI

September 21st, 2020 9 AM London: Pearson, the world’s learning company, has announced the fourth phase of locations 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 32 locations. This includes another 4 centers in the UK – Cambridge, Cardiff, Leeds and Wolverhampton – and 28 centers globally with a further three in China, in Chongqing, Shenyang and XiAn, and elsewhere in locations such as Caracas and Dar es Salaam. 

Bookings can be taken at all locations with the majority of these locations open now to deliver testing, except a few which will open once individual COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.  

The tests will be delivered through the Pearson VUE test center network. Pearson VUE’s network of test centers have implemented proactive health and safety measures including, but not limited to, readily available hand sanitizer, increased sanitization in high touch areas, and disinfected testing workstations (completed between each test taker) to support the safety of testing candidates and staff. 

Freya Thomas Monk, Senior Vice President of English Assessment at Pearson, said: 

“As we roll out more UKVI approved locations across the globe, we continue to see high demand from test takers who want to book and deliver PTE as a Secure English Language Test for UK Visa and Immigration purposes.

“Today’s announcement brings our worldwide total of UKVI approved locations to approaching 150. This will help meet customer demand and give people an increasingly wider choice of test location as they look to move to the UK to work, study or live.” 

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. 

Today’s announcement  (following our firstsecond, and third phase announcements) brings our overall total of UKVI approved locations to 147.  It is expected that all remaining SELT testing locations will become operational over the coming months. Test takers should click here to keep up to date on the latest approved locations.  

For more information on the UK Home Office Visas and Immigration process click here. 

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