Fordham University Graduate School of Business Administration Recognizes PTE Academic

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Top Business School Exemplifies Institutions Choosing New State-of-the-Art Measure of English Language Ability

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Fordham University Graduate School of Business Administration exemplifies the high-quality academic institutions that are recognizing PTE Academic

Fordham University Graduate School of Business Administration announced today that it will recognize Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) , the company's computer-based English language test that measures the English language proficiency of candidates for admission who are non-native English speakers. Fordham's Business School admits international students from around the world to its programs every year.

In 2008, an international survey by The Wall Street Journal ranked the school's Executive MBA program in the top 30, and the traditional MBA program as a top regional program.

"At the Graduate School of Business Administration at Fordham University, we take great pride in our high-quality, diverse learning environment, and it is critical that the students who participate in our programs are prepared to be successful," said Cynthia Pérez, Director of Admissions. "As an accurate measure of ability to study in an academic environment where English is the primary language of instruction, PTE Academic will be an important tool in our admissions process for international students."

PTE Academic is endorsed by the prestigious Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®), owner of the Graduate Management Admission Test® (GMAT®). The test will be launched internationally in October 2009.

As the worldwide global leader in publishing and assessment for education, Pearson combined the power of international test development, in-depth research and proven, proprietary automated scoring technologies to develop PTE Academic. The test will fill a critical need by providing a state-of-the-art test 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 universities, higher education institutions, government departments and other organizations requiring academic-level English. The test is designed to predict more efficiently the ability of test takers to function in an English-oriented academic environment.

"Fordham University Graduate School of Business Administration exemplifies the high-quality academic institutions that are recognizing PTE Academic," said Mark Anderson, President, Pearson Language Tests.

For more information, contact usreco@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, PEM Solutions, 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.

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