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To mark the worldwide launch of the Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic, Pearson is proud to sponsor the 2009 Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings

October 8, 2009

PTE Academic is a computer-based test of international academic English. It is being launched this month with the endorsement of the Graduate Management Admissions Council.

We want to ensure that the global higher education community learns about PTE Academic and benefits from it, so we've partnered with Times Higher Education, which sets the global standard in university rankings.

These rankings are based on a multi-faceted view of the strengths that have enabled certain universities to become world-class institutions. International outlook and reputation play an important part in the ranking process. As universities compete to attract the best talent on a global scale, English-language proficiency plays an increasingly important role in supporting international student mobility.

With PTE Academic, universities can be confident of their international students' academic English-language ability, leaving them to focus on what they do best - developing talent.

PTE Academic has many advantages for universities, including accurate and objective marking through Pearson's automated scoring technologies, and detailed student score data. It also offers a personal introduction of test takers, accessible via a secure online results service, and other security measures, which mean institutions can be confident about a student's identity.

Students benefit from flexible test accessibility, online registration and payment systems, a fast turnaround of results (typically available within five business days) and scored practice tests.

PTE Academic is setting a new standard in English-language testing for many universities around the globe, including world-class institutions such as London Business School, the University of British Columbia, the University of Edinburgh, Queen's University Belfast and Yale University.

For information, or to become a recognising institution, see http://pearsonpte.com/PTEAcademic.

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