TUSCALOOSA, Ala., and NEW YORK – Nov. 11, 2009 – The University of Alabama (UA) at Tuscaloosa announced today that it will recognize Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic), the company’s computer-based English language test that measures the English language proficiency of candidates for admission who are non-native English speakers. UA is a major, comprehensive, student-centered research university founded in 1831 as the state’s first public college.
UA’s Graduate School enrolls more than 4,300 students in 120 master’s and doctoral programs. Combining high-quality programs with renowned faculty and excellent facilities, the school prepares students for careers in teaching, research and service. UA’s graduate students and more than 650 faculty members come from every part of the United States and 50 foreign countries.
“As we recruit and admit international students as part of the overall growth of UA enrollment, PTE Academic will provide us with a powerful tool for measuring the English language ability of candidates for admission,” said Libby Williams, International Graduate Admissions Officer, Graduate School, UA. “Our university-wide vision is for UA to be the university of choice for the best and the brightest students.”
PTE Academic is the preferred English language test of the prestigious Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®), owner of the Graduate Management Admission Test® (GMAT), and is now available to test takers at Pearson’s global network of secure testing centers.
“PTE Academic will give UA a powerful tool to support its focus on enrollment growth and academic excellence,” said Mark Anderson, President, Pearson Language Tests. “We are honored to have this prestigious, public research university recognize our new measure of academic English language proficiency.”
Pearson combined the power of international test development, in-depth research and proven, proprietary automated scoring technologies to develop PTE Academic. The test will fill a critical need by providing a test that accurately measures the English language Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing abilities of non-native speakers.
PTE Academic will deliver real-life measures of test takers’ language proficiency to universities, higher education institutions, government departments and other organizations requiring academic-level English. The test is designed to predict more efficiently the ability of test takers to function in an English-oriented academic environment.
About Pearson Language Tests
Pearson Language Tests (PLT) is part of Pearson plc. PLT is developing PTE Academic in collaboration with the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC).
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