Individuals applying for Canadian permanent residency or citizenship are expected to be able to use Pearson’s test in their applications from late 2023.
The organisation said the new exam, PTE Essential, is similar to its existing test, PTE Academic, but has a vocational and real-life focus to meet Canada’s immigration requirements.
“We see every day how English skills can transform lives,”
“At Pearson, we see every day how English skills can transform lives,” said Andy Bird, CEO of Pearson.
“We’ve already seen how PTE Academic can help people take a huge stride towards being themselves in English in whichever country they choose to work or study.”
“I’m delighted PTE Essential is now accepted in Canada for economic visas and proud of the innovation and rigor that sits behind the quick and high-quality experience our test provides to test takers.”
Canada granted a record 437,000 permanent residency permits in 2022, approximately 9% higher than in 2021. The government plans to accept increasing numbers of new permanent residents in the coming years, reaching 500,000 in 2025 alone.
Currently applicants must take the IELTS or CELPIP exams to prove their English proficiency.
PTE Academic is currently accepted by UK, Australian and New Zealand governments for all visa applications, as well as by nearly all universities in those countries, and over 90% of Canadian universities.
Both tests are fully-digital, using AI and voice-recognition technology, and the new exam will be available at Pearson’s global testing centres.