With maintenance today, it appears as BioWare has implemented the process to copy characters from live servers to the Public Test Server once the PTS comes online with 1.7. You can see the options in the screenshot below by logging into your account on the Star Wars: The Old Republic website.
Global Online Community Manager Joveth Gonzalez made the announcement on the official forums as well.
Posted by Joveth Gonzalez
As many of you may notice when you log into your account page on swtor.com, there is a new section for “PTS Character Copy”. We’ll be opening up Public Test Server for play testing soon and this link is open in preparation for this. For now, although it will appear to perform all of the actions required to copy a character, the system will not be functional until the Public Test Server is opened. That is, you cannot copy your characters onto PTS until PTS is opened up. Thanks!
This is great news for testing! The last we had heard was that this would be in place for Makeb testing. Kudos to BioWare for getting this done quickly! Hope this means Paid Character Transfers arent soon behind! Will you be testing on the PTS? Leave a comment below!