NorthTec Becomes First Pearson English Testing Centre in NZ

2 March 2016

NorthTec Becomes First Pearson English Testing Centre in NZ

Image: NorthTec Chief Executive, Paul Binney and Sasha Hampson, Director of Government & Education Relations at Pearson.

NorthTec has become the first international education provider in New Zealand to launch an official Pearson Test of English Academic test centre.

The first New Zealand-based students took the test recently at NorthTec’s international campus in Queen Street, Auckland.

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) is the world’s leading computer-based test of English for study abroad and immigration. It is used by universities, colleges and governments across the globe to prove English ability for university and college admissions, or as part of a visa application.

PTE Academic is accepted for international student admissions by all New Zealand and Australian universities, and by the majority of New Zealand institutes of technology, polytechnics and colleges, as well as being approved by NZQA.

Paul Binney, Chief Executive of NorthTec, said: “This service adds another dimension to the academic programmes and services that NorthTec provides for international students in Auckland. The facilities at our Queen Street campus provide an excellent testing environment to support PTE candidates and assist international students in getting faster English proficiency results.”

Key benefits of PTE Academic are its acceptance worldwide; its fast results, typically delivered within five business days; and the flexible test dates and times. All tests are booked online and Pearson offers a range of practice materials to help candidates prepare.

Pearson Australia’s Managing Director, David Barnett, said he was pleased to welcome NorthTec to the growing global network of PTE Academic test centres. He said: “With the opening of the country’s first PTE Academic test centre, students in New Zealand can opt for a computer-based testing experience which provides numerous advantages including flexible test dates and objective assessment.”

The PTE Academic test complements NorthTec services to international students in Auckland. New Zealand’s growing international student sector contributed around NZ$2.85 billion to the economy in 2014.