Pearson Test of English Academic Recognized by Tulane University's Freeman School of Business

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Global Business School Joins Prestigious Programs Worldwide Accepting New State-of-the-Art Measure of English Language Ability

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With its location at the gateway to Latin America and its commitment to educating global business leaders, the Freeman School is truly an international business school

Tulane University's Freeman School of Business, the only nationally ranked business school in the Gulf South, announced today that it now recognizes Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) for graduate admission of non-native English speakers. International students comprise 30 percent of the enrollment in Freeman's full-time master's of business administration (MBA) program.

Freeman combines rigorous academic grounding with practical real-world experience. In 2007, the school launched the Global MBA, a joint venture with ITAM in Mexico City, Mexico; Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia; and IESA in Caracas, Venezuela. This special program allows MBA students interested in leadership positions in the Americas to take six courses in six different countries as part of a unique international curriculum featuring students from each university.

The Freeman School is consistently listed among the nation's best business schools by publications such as U.S. News & World Report, BusinessWeek, Forbes, Financial Times and Latin America's AmericaEconomia.

"The Freeman School takes its responsibility to educate global business leaders very seriously," said Bill Sandefer, Director, Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid. "Recognizing PTE Academic will help us to ensure that the international students we admit for study in our graduate programs have the academic English language skills required for successfully completing their business degrees."

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 delivers 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. More than 1,000 programs worldwide now accept or are in the process of accepting PTE Academic.

"With its location at the gateway to Latin America and its commitment to educating global business leaders, the Freeman School is truly an international business school," said Mark Anderson, President, Global Strategy and Business Development, Pearson Education International. "It is a welcome addition to the growing list of prestigious institutions that recognize our innovative test."

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 available to test takers at Pearson's global network of secure testing centers.

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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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