TACOMA, Wash., and NEW YORK – Oct. 20, 2009 – Pacific Lutheran University (PLU), serving approximately 200 international students representing 28 countries, announced today that it will recognize the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) for admission of non-native English speakers. Pearson Test of English Academic is a computer-based English language test that measures English language proficiency.


Earlier this year, PLU was honored with the 2009 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization, from NAFSA: Association of International Educators, which recognizes outstanding efforts on and off campus to engage the world and the international community. PLU is the first and only private college in the West to have received this honor.


“At PLU, we take great pride in the rich academic experience that we offer our international students,” said Hiro Kuriowa-Lewis, Assistant Director of International Admissions. “Recognizing PTE Academic as a measure of English language abilities will help us to ensure that the international students we admit are able to take full advantage of our diverse programs.”


Pearson combined the power of international test development, in-depth research and proven, proprietary automated scoring technologies to develop PTE Academic. The test fills a critical need for an accurate measurement of 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 English. The test is designed to predict more efficiently the ability of test takers to function in an English-speaking academic environment.


“We are proud to partner with PLU, a comprehensive liberal arts university outside of Tacoma, Wash., and other outstanding colleges and universities in the Pacific Northwest to provide an accurate, state-of-the art assessment of English language abilities to support their international admissions,” said Mark Anderson, President, Pearson Language Tests.


PTE Academic is endorsed by the prestigious Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®), owner of the Graduate Management Admission Test® (GMAT), and will be available to test takers from Oct. 26, 2009. For more information, contact usreco@pearson.com or visit www.pearsonpte.com


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).


About Pearson

Pearson (NYSE:PSO), the global leader in education and education technology, reaches and engages today’s digital natives with effective and personalized learning, as well as dedicated professional development for their teachers. This commitment is demonstrated in the company’s investment in innovative print and digital education materials for preK through college, student information systems and learning management systems, teacher professional development, career certification programs, and testing and assessment products that set the standard for the industry. The company’s respected brands include Scott Foresman, Prentice Hall, Addison Wesley, Benjamin Cummings, PEMSolutions, Stanford 10, SuccessNet, MyLabs, PowerSchool, SuccessMaker and many others. Pearson’s comprehensive offerings help inform targeted instruction and intervention so that success is within reach of every student at every level of education. Pearson’s commitment to education for all is supported by the global philanthropic initiatives of the Pearson Foundation. Pearson’s other primary businesses include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group. For more information, visit www.pearson.com


For more information, press only:

Wendy Lienhart, L Wolfe Communications, 630-920-0182, wlienhart@lwolfe.com

Rod Granger, Pearson, 800-745-8489, rod.granger@pearson.com


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