Ashridge Business School First in the United Kingdom to Recognize New Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic

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Leading International Business School Turns to Pearson for New State-of-the-Art Measure of English Language Ability

When Ashridge is considering a candidate for admission to its MBA, the informative score reports from PTE Academic will provide the school with detailed information needed to guide program development or make admissions decisions

Ashridge, one of the world's leading business schools, is the first in the United Kingdom to join the growing list of prestigious academic institutions worldwide that are recognizing Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic, the new computer-based academic English language test that measures the language skills of non-native English speakers. Ashridge is a member of the Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®), owner of the Graduate Management Admission Test® (GMAT®), which recently endorsed PTE Academic.

Ashridge has worked with individuals and organizations worldwide in executive education, research and consulting for fifty years. In the 2008 "Financial Times" rankings for tailored executive education programs, Ashridge topped the list as number one in the United Kingdom.

"At Ashridge, we can tailor our programs to meet the needs of organizations and individuals," said Amy Armstrong, Director of Marketing for the school's Masters of Business Administration (MBA) program. "PTE Academic score data on the enabling language skills, such as fluency, grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation, gives us a great tool to assess the language abilities of incoming MBA applicants to ensure they can interact at the levels expected in a small, experienced group of professionals on the Ashridge MBA."

As the worldwide global leader in publishing and assessment for education, Pearson combined the power of comprehensive field tests, in-depth research and proven, proprietary automated scoring technologies to develop PTE Academic. The test will fill a critical gap by providing a state-of-the-art assessment that accurately measures the English language speaking, listening, reading and writing abilities of non-native speakers.

PTE Academic will deliver real-life measures of test takers' language proficiency to organizations requiring academic-level English. The test is designed to better predict the ability of test takers to function in an academic environment where English is the language of instruction.

"When Ashridge is considering a candidate for admission to its MBA, the informative score reports from PTE Academic will provide the school with detailed information needed to guide program development or make admissions decisions," said Mark Anderson, President, Pearson Language Tests. "We look forward to working with Ashridge and other GMAC® member institutions around the world as they use PTE Academic to measure academic English skills."

PTE Academic is being developed and offered to students in collaboration with GMAC®. The test will be launched internationally in October 2009.

For more information, contact ukireco@pearson.com or visit http://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 http://www.pearson.com

About Ashridge
Ashridge is one of the world's leading business schools and is ranked number one in the UK in the latest Financial Times rankings for tailored executive education (May 2008) for the second year running. The Ashridge MBA program is ranked in the top 25 globally and achieved the top spot for salary increase for the third year running in the Economist rankings, (October 2008). Ashridge's activities include open and tailored executive education programs, MBA, MSc & Diploma qualifications, organization consulting, applied research and online learning. It is one of a handful of schools to be accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB); The European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) and the Association of MBAs (AMBA). http://www.ashridge.org.uk

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