Language testing giant ETS expands focus on workforce skills sector with acquisition of PSI

PSI CEO Janet Garcia and ETS CEO Amit Sevak

Princeton-based language testing giant ETS on Friday announced it acquired fellow assessment company PSI for an undisclosed amount.

The partnership brings together the expertise of ETS with PSI’s global leadership in test development and delivery across workforce certification and licensure to create an “end-to-end suite of products and services” in the testing space, the companies said in a statement.

ETS is behind exams including the TOEFL, which is widely accepted by universities in major international student destinations as a measure of English language ability.

“This is an important milestone for ETS as we forge ahead into the workforce development space to become the trusted source to measure, certify and license skills and demonstrate progress,” Amit Sevak, CEO of ETS, said. “I am proud to welcome Janet Garcia and the entire PSI team to ETS as we work together to power human progress using the most advanced measurement science and technology.”

Kansas-based PSI runs the Skills for English SELT tests, which are used for work, study and residency, and are approved by the U.K. Home Office for visa applications.

Committed to serving people on every path to success, together ETS and PSI deliver nearly 50 million tests annually across more than 200 countries and territories around the world. Moving forward, customers of both organizations can expect new and unique opportunities to meet their needs in validating and upskilling people for the future of work.

Garcia, CEO of PSI, said, “As two of the world’s leading measurement experts in design and delivery, this partnership offers clients and test takers an unrivalled set of capabilities and a combined strength and stability to positively impact millions of individuals throughout their learning and career journeys.”