English language proficiency exam, PTE Academic, has celebrated its 10th birthday with several events and functions around the world, as it looks toward the future of innovation within the English testing space.

The exam, which is delivered by Pearson English, first started in 2009 and stemmed from other work being undertaken by the company within the testing space. Dan Doyle, Vice President of PTE Academic, said:

We looked at the fact that we had Pearson VUE, the world’s largest computer-based testing provider. We looked at the fact that we had really cutting-edge technologies associated with the use of AI in scoring. We saw that we had academic expertise in the area of assessment design that was really second to none.

At the time, the proficiency exam was the only one of its type to use artificial intelligence, and Doyle told The PIE News that PTE Academic’s growth was due to an increased acceptance of its role in society.

There is a willingness to accept AI in everyday life, an increasing focus on security and fraud from governments and universities, and just ongoing increase in international mobility.

Since launching a decade ago, PTE Academic has now become recognized by both the Australian and New Zealand governments for migration purposes, while all Australian, Irish and New Zealand universities and almost all UK universities accept it for entrance into a course.

Sasha Hampson, Pearson’s Head of PTE Academic Asia Pacific, said:

There’s been strong growth in all markets in which Pearson is delivering PTE Academic. Australia has certainly taken on the position of market leader in recent years, and we’re now seeing the same occur in New Zealand and increasingly in Asia and a lot of the source markets that Australian institutions recruit international students from.

Hampson added while recognition was still growing in established study destinations, many emerging markets were also seeing increased usage of the test.

The past two years have seen substantial growth for PTE Academic, after opening many additional testing centers in 2019, and in 2018.

Source: The PIE News