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27 May 2019

Cantabrians can now take advantage of a local Pearson VUE test centre at Ara Institute of Canterbury’s Madras Street Campus.

Pearson VUE is the computer-based testing business of Pearson and administers exams on behalf of hundreds of businesses, boards and organisations around the globe through the world's largest and most secure test centre network.

Having a local test centre in Christchurch provides students, staff and people in the wider community with access to a range of certifications and qualifications that help them to develop their skills and knowledge.

On offer are key industry certifications from leading IT programmes, such as Microsoft, Cisco, AWS, Dell EMC, HP and Oracle as well as programmes for professionals in the accounting and finance, business management, marketing, data and AI, supply chain, HR, academic and hospitality industries. 

Ara is now a successful test centre for Pearson Test of English (PTE) as well as for general testing through Pearson VUE.

Heather Knox, manager of Ara’s School of English, says the decision to start offering Pearson VUE exams was made after successfully becoming an official test centre for Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic, an English language test that was also developed by Pearson and which is highly rated and widely recognised.

“The interesting thing about the general sessions is that there are hundreds of exams available that candidates can take. So in each session most of the test takers will not be sitting the same exam,” explained Heather Knox, Manager of Ara’s School of English.

“The start times can also be staggered so long as the candidate has enough time to finish within the session time, they can choose their start time.”

The list of certification tests that are available through the Pearson VUE system is continually growing. Test results are quickly transmitted back, ensuring the candidate’s certification status is promptly updated.

“We are proud to welcome Ara Institute of Canterbury to the rapidly growing global network of Pearson VUE Authorised Test Centres,” said Ray Murray, Vice President and General Manager, IT business & Global Pearson VUE Testing Centres.

“Together, we are providing even more candidates in New Zealand with the opportunity to have the best possible test experience, obtain meaningful certifications and advance their careers.”

To book a Pearson VUE test at Ara Institute of Canterbury follow this link:

About Pearson VUE
Pearson VUE has been a pioneer in the computer-based testing industry for decades, delivering more than 15 million certification and licensure exams annually in every industry from academia and admissions to IT and healthcare. We are the global leaders in developing and delivering high-stakes exams via the world's most comprehensive network of 20,000 highly secure test centers in 190 countries. Our leadership in the assessment industry is a result of our collaborative partnerships with a broad range of clients, from leading technology firms to government and regulatory agencies. For more information, please visit