Today the UK Government approved Pearson to open bookings for SELTs in a further 23 locations. This includes another 6 centres in the UK – Belfast, Birmingham, Peterborough, Portsmouth, London and Sheffield - and 17 centres globally in locations such as Dubai, Islamabad and Lagos.
Bookings can be taken at all locations, with the majority of these locations open now to deliver testing, except two which will open once individual COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
The tests will be delivered through the Pearson VUE test centre network. Third-party test centers are educated on the COVID-19 health and safety and sanitization measures being taken in Pearson VUE-owned test centers and it is recommended that they implement similar measures such as increased disinfecting and hygienic procedures to support the safety of testing candidates and staff.
Freya Thomas Monk, Senior Vice President of English Assessment at Pearson, said “We have seen high demand since our first locations were approved to book and deliver PTE as a secure English Language Test for UK Visa and Immigration purposes."
“Today’s announcement brings our total of UKVI approved locations to over a hundred, with more locations set to follow. This is great news as it gives an even wider choice of test location for those who are looking 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 first and second phase announcements) brings our overall total of UKVI approved locations to 115. It is expected that all remaining SELT testing locations will become operational over the coming months. Test takers can find out more and keep up to date on the latest approved locations here.
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