Regardless of current political climates, students are still eager to study abroad. There are many advantages of studying abroad for students seeking to expand their opportunities and enrich their learning experiences. It gives students the opportunity to experience new cultures, meet new people, develop independence, discover new interests and career opportunities and improve language skills. Working in another country provides opportunities for career growth and skills development, as well as build language skills and professional networks.
If you are planning to study or work abroad, you may be required to demonstrate your English language proficiency. English language tests are a common requirement for entry into countless study programmes in many destinations, and often required by governments as part of a visa application. For example, if you wish to study law in the UK and English isn’t your first language, you may be required to complete an English test to demonstrate your competence. Alternatively, you may wish to study a business qualification delivered in English, in Malaysia, so similarly you may need to prove your ability to communicate effectively in English when applying for entry. Additionally, if you are planning to work abroad in an English speaking country, you may need to complete a language test. For example, if you wish to migrate to Australia from a country where English isn’t your first language, you will be required to complete a language test as part of a visa application.
There is a range of language tests, however PTE Academic is a new test that is 100% computer-based. This means that the entire test is taken on a computer and then scored by a computer. This ensures that only a candidate’s English skills are assessed, because responses are scored objectively and consistently, no matter where in the world the test is taken. So it doesn’t matter where a test taker comes from or what they look like, all are treated with complete fairness. Booking PTE Academic is a swift process to complete online and where seats are available, tests can be scheduled up to 24 hours in advance. Test sessions are run in more than 50 locations around the world and test dates are flexible, with testing over 360 days of the year. Results are typically delivered within five business days, and test takers can send their scores to as many institutions as they like, without an additional fee.
PTE Academic is already accepted for study applications by thousands of academic programmes around the world, including prestigious institutions such as Stanford University, Harvard University, and Imperial College London. In Australia, New Zealand and Ireland, PTE Academic is accepted by all universities. Additionally, 100% of New Zealand Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics now accept PTE Academic, along with a growing number of Australian professional bodies. In popular destinations including the US, Canada, UK, Singapore and Europe, PTE Academic is continuing to grow and this year it has seen new recognitions from more than 30 programmes in North America. You can view a complete list of institutions that accept PTE Academic here.
Integral to PTE Academic is ensuring test takers are able to use English effectively in their settings. Therefore, while being academically challenging, PTE Academic is based on the real-life English skills migrants need to live and work in their destination of choice. PTE Academic is approved by both the Australian and New Zealand governments for all Australian and New Zealand migration visa applications with an English language requirement. For more information on Australian visa applications and to view minimum score requirements, click here. For New Zealand visa applications, visit the Immigration New Zealand website.
Always check with government bodies and institutions for the latest score requirements and tests accepted.