PTE Academic Recognized for Student Direct Stream Visas into Canada

June 14, 2023

Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, has received approval from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for PTE Academic to be accepted for all SDS (Student Direct Stream) applications. This announcement marks a significant milestone for PTE Academic as it expands its recognition for English language proficiency in the Canadian immigration and education sectors.

PTE Academic Approved for SDS Applications

Starting from August 10, 2023, PTE Academic will be accepted by the IRCC for SDS applications. The SDS is an expedited study permit process designed for students applying to study in Canada from specific countries, including Antigua and Barbuda, Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Morocco, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Senegal, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and Vietnam.

This recent approval follows the recognition of PTE Core by IRCC earlier this year as proof of English language proficiency for Canadian permanent residency or citizenship. With both PTE Academic and PTE Core now accepted by IRCC, Pearson offers a comprehensive range of English language proficiency tests to cater to different immigration and study needs.

A Boost for International Students

The recognition of PTE Academic by IRCC is a testament to the test’s reliability and accuracy in assessing English language skills. Governments worldwide, including the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, already accept PTE Academic for all visa applications. Moreover, thousands of universities across Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the UK, and the USA recognize PTE Academic as a reliable measure of English proficiency. Test-takers can conveniently take the PTE Academic test at more than 400 PTE centers located in 118 countries.

Andy Bird, CEO of Pearson, expressed his excitement about the recognition of PTE Academic for SDS purposes, stating, “Canada is a great place to be a student – fantastic colleges, beautiful scenery, exciting culture, and nightlife. With PTE Academic now recognized for SDS purposes, I’m delighted that Pearson can help even more test-takers achieve their dream of studying there.”

Advanced Technology for Accurate Assessment

PTE Academic sets itself apart by combining human expertise and advanced AI technology to provide an impartial and highly accurate assessment of English language proficiency. The test utilizes AI technology for scoring, ensuring consistency and fairness, while biometric data collection enhances security measures. Test-takers benefit from the convenience of online booking up to 24 hours in advance, year-round availability of worldwide test center slots, and rapid results delivery, with an average turnaround time of 1.3 days.

Eligibility and Guidance

It is important to note that PTE Academic tests taken before August 10th will still be eligible for SDS applications, provided they are submitted after the aforementioned date and fall within the expiry period specified by IRCC. Applicants are advised to refer to the guidance provided by IRCC for more information.

About Pearson

At Pearson, the purpose is simple: to add life to a lifetime of learning. With a dedicated team of approximately 20,000 employees, Pearson is committed to creating vibrant and enriching learning experiences that have a real-life impact. As the world’s leading learning company, Pearson serves customers in nearly 200 countries, providing digital content, assessments, qualifications, and data. Learning isn’t just what Pearson does—it’s who they are. For more information, visit their website at

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