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Scott Allison

VUE Acquires Goal Designs, Inc

Acquisition will Strengthen VUE’s Service Offerings

Minneapolis, Minn., March 7, 2001 — VUE, an NCS Pearson business, announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Goal Designs, Inc., a Massachusetts-based software and consulting services firm specializing in professional certification development and management.

VUE is a world leading electronic testing services provider, meeting the needs of the Information Technology (IT) industry and Professional Certification and Licensure markets. In acquiring Goal Designs, VUE has gained access to an impressive array of software tools, including Certification Tracking System (CERTS™), industry-unique software currently used for the development and management of IT certification programs. CERTS enables users to perform the three major certification program functions: test development, test delivery processing and certification tracking and administration. CERTS’ object-based architecture provides scalability and portability to take advantage of current client/server technologies as well as next-generation Web-based interfaces.

VUE intends to use CERTS in the completion of internal projects already in progress and to continue to meet the needs of existing and future client contracts. VUE will continue to market the CERTS product to organizations wishing to integrate the entire certification process, giving them the ability to confidently launch, manage and control all aspects of their program in house.

Commenting on the acquisition, Neil Crocker, vice president and general manager of VUE said, “We are very pleased to have acquired the assets of Goal Designs and to have Goal Designs’ President Richard Johnson and Vice President of Marketing Grace Yeung joining VUE. This acquisition makes sense because of our strong commitment to technology-based tools both for us and for our customers. This will enable us to provide more complete testing solutions for our customers.”

VUE is an electronic testing service of NCS Pearson. From operation centers in the United States, the Netherlands, Australia, China, India and Japan, VUE provides a variety of services to the Information Technology industry and the Professional Certification and Licensure markets. NCS Pearson is a global provider of applications, services and technologies for education, testing, assessment and complex data management. Formerly known as National Computer Systems, Inc., the company was recently acquired by U.K.-based Pearson plc and is now a part of Pearson Education and known as NCS Pearson.

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