The Canadian immigration authorities give the green light to a new language test for economic immigration purposes.

A new test known as the Pearson PTE essential test will join the IELTS and CELPIP tests. The IELTS and CELPIP tests are already accepted for Canada PR (permanent residency) via federal Express Entry-linked programs. Now PTE essential test will also be accepted for this purpose.

PTE Essential Test – Canada Immigration Approves New Language Test

The PTE essential test is the latest version of the PTE test or Pearson test of the English Language. This test is quite similar to the PTE academics.

The major difference between both tests is that PTE Essential is more vocational, real-life, and has a non-academic focus, which meets all the basic IRCC requirements for language proficiency.

As four essential skills in the English language are required by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada. That is:

  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Listening
  • Writing

PTE essential will check all these skills of the candidates.

According to a press release by Pearson on 2nd February 2023, the test will be started by the end of 2023 for Canadian Economic Immigration.

The IRCC recently announced that they are ready to welcome a record number of people as permanent residents in the upcoming years. Approximately 1.45 million permanent residents will be welcomed in the upcoming 3 years.

There is a huge demand for professional workers in Canada in the following fields.

  • Nursing
  • Engineering
  • Web development

So this announcement has come at the right time and will benefit Pearson too.

The PTE test is already applicable for all visa applications in some major countries like New Zealand, Australia, and the UK.

According to the PTE, the PTE exam is accepted by 100% of universities in Ireland, New Zealand, and Australia; also, around 99% of universities in the UK and 90% of universities in Canada accepts the PTE academic test.

The CEO of Pearson, Andy Bird, said at the conference that “at Pearson every day they watch how the English skills can change lives. He added that everyone could see how the PTE exam is helpful for everyone who wants to migrate to an English-speaking nation to study or work purposes. I am very happy that the PTE essential is now applicable for economic visas in Canada. I am proud of the revolution and accuracy we provide to the PTE test takers.”

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About PTE Essential Test

This is a fully digital test, which is delivered by using Pearson VUE. In this test, updated AI technology is used for the scoring system.

With the help of improved technology, biometric data is collected for security purposes. Voice recognition is collected for the speaking section of the test.

To take the PTE exam, test takers are advised to book the PTE exam at least 24 hours in advance. The most useful feature of the PTE exam is that the result is declared within 4 to 6 days of taking the test.

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