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Knowing English opens up employment opportunities, permits entry into several countries for migration and helps to obtain student and work visas in English language majority countries, its proficiency holds major significance. In fact, J’son & Partners revealed there were over 1.7 billion English language learners globally in 2021.

Millions of people around the globe are aspiring to move abroad for study or work and it has become a common phenomenon as it is considered as a steppingstone in a person’s life. With approximately 89% of the UAE’s population being expatriates, immigration for higher education and job opportunities is common. In this region, the US, Europe, Canada and Australia are among the most popular countries that people immigrate to as a gateway to overall growth.

Pearson’s 2021 Global Learning Survey (GLS) found that 72% of college students have a new sense of urgency for completing their education and with the pandemic settling down and borders opening up, prominent universities have witnessed a surge in international applications this year. In 2022, UCAS International reported that it has received 2,950 applications from UAE students alone, 17% more than last year, to study in the UK.

"To be able to move to English majority countries, an English language proficiency test is necessary for residential, student, and work visas. Many authorized tests are available but ideally, candidates should choose one that is approved by multiple countries, so they are not restricted in their endeavors," says Ipek Aydin, Head of PTE for the Middle East & North Africa. "For instance, Pearson’s computer-based PTE Academic is accepted by 3,000+ institutions worldwide and is recognized by the Australian, USA, UK, Ireland, Singapore, and New Zealand governments for visa purposes."

The PTE Academic is a 100% computer-based test designed and monitored by people to assess the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills of the test-takers. The examination is administered and evaluated by leading Artificial Intelligence technology to ensure accuracy and eliminate any form of bias in its test results. The program provides a range of preparation options to test takers including Scored Practice Tests, PTE Academic Question Banks, the Official Guide to PTE Academic, and the PTE Academic English Booster, offering access to in-depth information and practical advice on each part of the exam.

"Pearson is also continuously working to strengthen its partner network in the UAE to help students and immigration candidates receive learning, registration and testing support. It has recently onboarded five new entities to the PTE Academic Certified Associates program," says Aydin.

Charms Education & Immigration, located in Business Bay, Svarna Training Institute in Burjuman, Emcan Training Institute with centres in Al Nahda, Burjuman and Deira, IQ Education in Oud Metha and Y-Axis with multiple branches in Jumeirah Lake Towers and Sharjah will act as local partners of Pearson Middle East to offer registration and preparation services for the PTE Academic test.

With the level of freedom and resources the PTE Academic provides, its test-takers can unlock a wider gateway of opportunities, allowing them a brighter possibility to broaden their horizons.

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