New secure English test now available for Australian visa applications

Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, is pleased to announce that its secure English language test, PTE Academic, can now be used to apply for Australian visas.

PTE Academic has been used to prove English proficiency for student visas in Australia for the past five years.

However, from today the Department of Immigration & Border Protection (DIBP) will accept PTE Academic for temporary graduate, skilled, work and holiday, and former resident visa programmes.

David Barnett, MD of Pearson Australia said:

“By providing secure, computer-based English language testing, PTE Academic unlocks opportunities for study, work and migration to Australia. When it comes to proving English ability as part of an Australian visa, we can help applicants by offering faster test results and flexible test dates. PTE Academic is already widely accepted around the world, including for all UK visas, so it is good to see the Australian government offering more choice for visa applicants.”

The advantages of Pearson’s PTE Academic English test are:

  • Faster results for visa applicants. PTE Academic delivers English test results in five business days.
  • Flexible test dates. PTE Academic runs flexible English test sessions throughout the year, with booking up to 24 hours before the test date.
  • Highly secure tests. PTE Academic minimises fraud by using CCTV monitoring, palm-vein scanning and biometric security measures so that governments, employers and institutions can be confident that scores are accurate.
  • World-leading assessment capabilities. Globally, Pearson sets and marks over 100 million assessments each year, and uses this expertise to build secure, accurate tests.

Since the Australian government accepted PTE Academic for student visas in 2009, the test has been rapidly adopted across the country. PTE Academic is accepted by every Australian university as well as professional associations such as CPA Australia and the Australian Computer Society.

PTE Academic test centres operate in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide and tests can be booked online at


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About PTE Academic

PTE Academic is the world’s leading computer-based test of English for study abroad and immigration.

PTE Academic offers fast, flexible English testing. Candidates can schedule their test as little as twenty-four hours in advance, and typically receive their results within five business days. PTE Academic offers flexible testing locations, with test centres in over 50 countries worldwide.

PTE Academic is accepted by thousands of academic programs worldwide, including the University of Melbourne, Monash University, Harvard Business School, INSEAD and Yale University.

Pearson has invested heavily in digital, biometric and forensic security measures, driving up standards in such a high-stakes testing environment. As a relative newcomer the market place, Pearson has been able to place cutting-edge methodologies and technologies at the heart of its service and believes PTE Academic is the most secure, reliable, objective and accurate test in its field.