The UK government has allowed testing operator Pearson to start delivering its English language tests for UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) in an initial 20 locations around the world, including China.

It is expected that all Secure English Language Tests (SELT) testing locations that are still closed due to Covid-19, including the UK, will become operational in phases during this summer.

PTE Academic (UKVI) and PTE Home

Pearson’s SELT tests are focused on immigration requirements and the details are as follows:

  • PTE Academic (UKVI) – a four skills language test accepted for work and study visas. It tests speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.
  • PTE Home – a two skills language test accepted for family, settlement, citizenship applications as well as Sportsperson and Representative of an Overseas Business applications. It tests speaking and listening skills. PTE Home is a new, computer-based English test. Results are typically available within 48 hours.

You can find a test center and check prices here.

To find out more about UK visa English language requirements visit Pearson’s UK visa page or the gov.uk website.

Anti-epidemic measures in place

The tests will be delivered through the Pearson VUE test center network. All operating test centers will continue to follow guidance and notifications from public health officials for preventing the spread of Covid-19, including social distancing, to support the safety of test takers and staff. The news comes at a time when many test takers are unable to visit a test center due to anti-epidemic measures.

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Freya Thomas Monk, Pearson Senior Vice President of English Assessment, advised test takers to check all relevant travel restrictions and health and safety requirements.

Source: Pearson