Editorial Team

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 recognised tests for students needing to prove their English proficiency.

This includes:

  • 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 centre 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 their university options are on the PTE Academic Online recognition list before booking the test.

Freya Thomas Monk, Senior Vice President, Pearson Test 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 centre is not possible, or global events such as Covid mean widespread test centre closures, for example.”

PTE Academic Online is delivered through Pearson online proctoring solution, OnVUE. With just a simple check-in process, utilising 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 centres – a reduction of one hour on the original test.

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