Ensuring that MBA candidates, who's English is not their native language, can handle the rigours of the classroom and academics is a big concern for the Admissions Committees (AdComs), especially given the huge increase in applications from both India and China.
The new English test, known as the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic), seems to be another way to help filter and legitimize the candidate pool. Endorsed by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), who runs the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), the new test will debut on October 26, 2009 for non-native English speakers.
Part of this computer-based test involves providing a 30-second voice sample / recording for schools to assess your English proficiency. According to the official press release, schools already signed-up to accept these new test scores include London Business School, University of British Columbia, Queen's University Belfast, University of Edinburgh, HEC Paris and Yale University.