Top U.S. Two-Year College Joins Growing List of Institutions Accepting Pearson's New State-of-the-Art Measure of English Language Ability

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Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic Now Recognized by El Camino College

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Many of the international students who come to study in the United States launch their academic careers at two-year colleges

El Camino College, one of the top two-year colleges in the United States, announced today that it now recognizes Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic, the company's new computer-based academic English language test, to measure the language skills of candidates for admission who are non-native English speakers. Each year, El Camino College enrolls hundreds of international students from more than 65 different countries in Latin America, Europe, Africa and the Pacific Rim.

The college offers more than 80 associate and transfer degrees, which help students enter universities such as University of California-Los Angeles, University of Southern California and The California State University, where they receive full credit for courses completed at El Camino College. El Camino College is consistently one of the top 10 community colleges whose students are accepted for transfer to the University of California and California State campuses.

"Each year, El Camino College prepares hundreds of international students for matriculation at California's prestigious colleges and universities," said Leonid Rachman, Coordinator, International Student Program, El Camino College. "We have decided to recognize PTE Academic to ensure that the international students we admit are ready to study in an environment where academic English is required."

PTE Academic received the endorsement of the prestigious Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®), owner of the Graduate Management Admission Test® (GMAT®), and is being developed and offered to students in collaboration with GMAC. 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 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 test that accurately measures the English language speaking, listening, reading and writing abilities of non-native speakers.

Rachman compared PTE Academic to other tools for measuring English language abilities. "Our decision to begin using PTE Academic is simple. Other tests available today can be very restrictive to use. PTE Academic offers a great alternative for our incoming international students."

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 better predict the ability of test takers to function in an academic environment where English is the language of instruction.

"Many of the international students who come to study in the United States launch their academic careers at two-year colleges," said Mark Anderson, President, Pearson Language Tests. "High-quality institutions, such as El Camino College, play a critical role in ensuring that these students are prepared to learn in an academic-English environment so they can advance to earn bachelor's, master's and other post-secondary degrees. We know that recognizing PTE Academic will assist the college in this effort."

For more information, contact usreco at pearson dot 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.

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