Southern Methodist University's Cox School of Business Now Recognizes Pearson's New State-of-the-Art Measure of English Language Ability

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Top Business School Renowned for Global Network Added to List of Prestigious Institutions Choosing Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)

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We look forward to working with SMU and other institutions around the world as they use PTE Academic results.

Southern Methodist University's (SMU) Cox School of Business today announced that it is joining the growing ranks of colleges and universities recognizing the new Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) . PTE Academic is the company's new computer-based academic English language test, designed to measure the language proficiency of candidates for admission who are non-native English speakers.

Located in the heart of Dallas, SMU's Cox School of Business is renowned for preparing students with the skills, knowledge and experiences they need to succeed in business.

Founded in 1920, SMU's Cox School today is ranked among the top business schools nationally and internationally by major publications, including BusinessWeek, Financial Times, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and U.S. News & World Report. The Economist ranks Cox number 10 in the world for the international breadth of its alumni network. It also ranks Cox among the top 20 schools in the world for potential to network and for faculty quality.

"One of the ways that the Cox School has built the global network that we are renowned for is by admitting high-performing international candidates from around the world to our business programs," said Patti Cudney, Director of MBA Admissions. "PTE Academic offers us an additional measure to accurately assess the academic English language ability of international candidates for admission as we continue to grow our programs."

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. SMU is a GMAC-member institution and Marci Armstrong, Associate Dean of Graduate Programs at the Cox School of Business, is the 2008-09 Chair of the GMAC Board of Directors.

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 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. The test will be launched internationally in October 2009.

"The informative score reports from PTE Academic will provide SMU's Cox School of Business with detailed information needed to make admissions decisions," said Mark Anderson, President, Pearson Language Tests. "We look forward to working with SMU and other institutions around the world as they use PTE Academic results."

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.

For more information 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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