Pearson has announced 32 more locations for the conduct of Secure English Language Test (SELT) for UK Visas and Immigration purposes. Of the 32, four centres at Wolverhampton, Leeds, Cardiff and Cambridge have been approved in the UK and 28 in other countries for the conduct of Pearson PTE exams.
This phase of new centres for PTE exams also includes centres in Chongqing, Shenyang and Xian in China; Caracas in Venezuela; and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.
In the third phase, the UK government had approved Pearson to open bookings for SELTs in 23 locations. Prior to this, in the first and second phases, the global testing operator Pearson PTE got the nod for 20 and 72 locations respectively in India, the UK and other countries including South Africa, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Egypt, Philippines, and Singapore, among others.
Pearson’s senior vice president of English Assessment Freya Thomas Monk said that the education company is still seeing high demand of candidates who want to take the test. Monk further added that the fourth phase of PTE locations brings the total number of UKVI-approved locations close to 150 and that a wider choice of test centres will help meet the needs of the test-takers who want to move to the UK for higher education.
While a few approved PTE locations are not currently open to deliver tests due to COVID-19 restrictions, the majority of them across the world are ready to conduct tests.
All health and safety measures along with hand sanitizers, disinfected testing workstations, increased sanitation in high-touch areas have been implemented at all Pearson VUE test centres.
Pearson’s network of test centres offers PTE Academic along with two-skills language PTE Home test.