London, UK – 1st October 2020 PSI Services (PSI) a global provider of assessment services, leading-edge technology and comprehensive credentialing program services and the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), Scotland’s national awarding and accreditation body today announced that their Skills for English™ language test is now a UKVI-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT).
The approval follows on from PSI reaching a commercial arrangement with the UK Home Office last year to deliver the SELT, for overseas UK visa applicants. It means that, from 12th October in China and the rest of the world (outside the UK) later in 2020, applicants will have access to PSI’s fully computer-based testing experience via its global test centre network.
Janet Garcia, Executive Vice President of PSI’s Global Credentialing Division commented “This is a major milestone for our Skills for English™ brand which we created jointly with SQA. The UKVI-approval is widely acknowledged as the hallmark of an effective, high-quality qualification and we are thrilled now to be able offer a Skills for English (UKVI) test.”
John McMorris, Director of Business Development at SQA added “This approval is the culmination of an intense period of work between ourselves and PSI to create a qualification that can service the needs of those seeking to work, study or settle in English-speaking countries. Having a UKVI-approved SELT is a major achievement, and we will be working hard to build out the Skills for English brand for a range of other purposes.
The approval of Skills for English as a UKVI Secure English Language Test means that it can be used for all types of visa applications where evidence of English language proficiency is required. PSI and SQA believe the simplicity of the candidate journey – from booking an assessment to the test session itself, through the delivery of results, coupled with wide availability of test locations and dates will ensure its popularity with test-takers.
Timing for the launch of the new test has inevitably been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and will be phased with bookings for test sessions available first in China and Hong Kong, with tests in an additional 120 countries following a month later. All our SELT centres strictly adhere to the latest safety procedures with regard to COVID-19 based on various international, state, and local Orders and guidelines and CDC and WHO recommendations.
The delivery of this programme will further reinforce PSI’s presence in the global secure testing market, which comprises over 2,000 plus testing locations spanning 160 countries, through which it delivers some 15 million assessments per year.
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The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) is Scotland’s national awarding and accreditation body.
It is responsible for developing, delivering and accrediting qualifications, courses, and assessments undertaken by thousands of candidates in schools, colleges, training providers, and the workplace every year.
SQA qualifications are delivered by thousands of teaching and training professionals in Scotland, throughout the UK, and around the world. SQA is instrumental in setting and maintaining robust national standards that ensure its courses, qualifications and awards are recognised by colleges, universities, and industry, enabling learners and businesses alike to realise their potential, and achieve their ambitions.
SQA works with around 15,000 teaching professionals and industry specialists, who support its awarding operations annually, ensuring SQA qualifications accurately reflect learners’ knowledge and skills and provide routes to jobs or further study.
SQA also awards a range of other qualifications, including customised awards, to meet the needs of individual companies and organisations. We provide advice, support, and services, such as expertise in assessment, that enable organisations to meet a range of educational, development and regulatory requirements.
Based in Scotland, we work throughout the UK and internationally. Our people take great pride in offering exceptional customer service – which – is acknowledged by government organisations, universities, businesses, and individuals around the world.