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Canada Dream: Ircc Approves Pte For Student Visas | Ahmedabad News

Ahmedabad: Students who want to study at universities in Canada now have an option to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), as Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has approved the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) for all student direct stream (SDS) applications. SDS is the expedited study permit process designed for students from 14 countries, including India, who are applying to study in Canada. PTE is now accepted by Canada in all visa categories, including student direct stream (SDS), economic migration, and non-SDS academic admissions. “Trusted by millions of learners worldwide, PTE Academic offers a faster, fairer, and more flexible means for students to demonstrate their English proficiency, enabling them to pursue their educational aspirations in Canada, said, Prabhul Ravindran, director, English language learning, Pearson India, while speaking to reporters in Ahmedabad on Wednesday. He added that PTE is accepted by more than 90% of Canadian universities and colleges, including top institutions such as McGill University, the University of Toronto, and the University of British Columbia. “The UK, Australian, and New Zealand governments for all visa applications also accept PTE. PTE Academic is also accepted by thousands of universities across Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the UK and the USA,” he added. He said PTE is one of the fastest, fairest, and least stressful tests of English for students aspiring to study abroad. The test can be booked online 24 hours in advance, is computer-based, and is taken at a test centre. “The scores are returned within 1.3 days on average, to assist the fast-tracking of visa and admission applications, while other tests take between 10 and 13 days to return scores,” he said. About 3.50 lakh applicants take the test every year from Gujarat, and industry figures say that this number has been growing by about 50% every year. “Pearson intends to serve at least 50% of applicants,” Ravindran said.