Take the guesswork out of recruiting and stop wasting time talking to candidates who aren’t qualified: Pearson Online English (POE) is an accurate and affordable English test that objectively measures a candidate’s English level—with no extra time required from your team. We can even white label the test so that candidates get your full brand experience throughout the entire hiring process. Already have a team in place? POE can also be used to evaluate employees for projects that require English language skills or for placement in a professional development program.

About the POE

POE is a reliable online test based on decades of research and best practices for language assessment. The test measures performance in four major language areas: Grammar, Listening, Reading and Speaking.

Why Choose the POE?


POE is incredibly easy to administer—and convenient for test takers to complete—so your hiring managers and tech team can focus on more important matters.


Test takers can complete POE on their schedule—the test is available anytime online and only takes about 45 minutes.


POE is an accurate predictor of per¬formance on common proficiency scales like the CEFR and on standardized English tests like the TOEIC, so you can quickly compare scores against international benchmarks.


Our team of English education experts can provide dedicated consulting services to help you understand POE test scores and how to establish standards for English profi-ciency at your company.

How It Works


The POE takes about 45 minutes and contains four sections. Grammar, Listening and Reading scores are available immediately after taking POE. Administrators also have access to real-time performance reports to track scores and see how they compare to international benchmarks like the CEFR.


The Speaking portion of the POE is also available online and takes just a few minutes to complete. Test takers use their computers to record responses to audio prompts, and two certified English assessment experts provide a final POE score within two days.