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Navitas Turns to Pearson's Versant to Assess Student English Language Abilities

Navitas Turns to Pearson's Versant to Assess Student English Language Abilities

Australia's Largest Provider of Education & Training to Evaluate 25,000 Annually with Premier Language Assessment

PALO ALTO, Calif. - August 29, 2011 - Navitas, the largest provider of Education and Training in Australia, today announced the selection of Pearson's Versant™ English Placement Test to evaluate English speaking, listening, reading and writing skills across all of its programs. Each year, Navitas helps more than 36,000 students, teachers, travellers, migrants and refugees develop their English language skills for further study, work, and life at locations in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, United States and Singapore.

"We turned to the Versant English Placement Test as our exclusive assessment of English language skills because it is the premier tool for evaluating the abilities of the tens of thousands of students and clients that we serve through our wide range of programs", said Tony Cullen, Group General Manager, Navitas. "Our instructors and program managers throughout our network know that they can rely on Versant's research and accurate, meaningful results."

The Versant English Placement Test automatically evaluates the English speaking, listening, reading and writing skills of non-native English speakers, using speech processing technology and Pearson's unique implementation of latent semantic analysis. The Versant English Placement Test is built using criteria developed by expert linguists. The Versant testing system, based on the patented Ordinate® technology and Knowledge Analysis Technologies (KAT) engine, has been extensively field tested and validated with reference to the most qualified human evaluators of language proficiency, fluency and pronunciation. The Versant testing system automatically scores each test, making a detailed score report available within minutes of being submitted.

The Versant testing system provides Navitas with a specifically designed in-house test to place its students in programs offered by Navitas English, the University Pathway Division, and Workforce. The test will be used to evaluate students seeking entry into a Navitas program, where a high stakes test is not required for visa purposes. The use of one test with objective and unbiased scoring will provide an opportunity to track student placement and progress across all Navitas divisions.

"The introduction of the Versant test marks another exciting phase for the Navitas group. A higher level of accuracy will be introduced in the assessment of our students' English language proficiency. It will allow our program managers and teaching staff to make more accurate assessments of entry levels and the additional support students may require to meet their objectives", said CEO Rod Jones.

For more information about the Versant English Placement Test, visit www.VersantTest.com. For more information about Navitas English, visit www.navitasenglish.com.

About Navitas

Navitas is an Australian diversified global education leader providing pre-university and university programs to over 22,000 students enrolled in 30 colleges across seven countries. Navitas also provides English language courses, migrant education and settlement services, creative media education, student recruitment, professional development and corporate training services.

About Pearson

Pearson (NYSE:PSO), the global leader in education services, education technology and school solutions, provides innovative print and digital education materials for preK through college, student information systems and learning management systems, teacher professional development, career certification programs, and testing and assessment products that set the standard for the industry. Pearson's other primary businesses include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group. For more information, go to www.pearsonassessments.com.

For more information:

Adam Gaber, Pearson
800-745-8489 / adam.gaber@pearson.com / @apgaber (twitter)

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