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NCS Pearson and Prometric Settle TDL Dispute

Minneapolis, Minn., May 18, 2001 — NCS Pearson, Inc. and Prometric Inc. today announced they have settled the dispute over use of the TDL test markup language by VUE, NCS Pearson's electronic testing business. The lawsuit originally was filed by Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc., on behalf of its Prometric business unit.

As a part of the settlement, NCS Pearson obtained a long-term license to use TDL and sublicense TDL to NCS Pearson customers and test development partners.

“We are pleased this has been settled. The confusion surrounding the TDL issue was a concern to both our customers and Prometric’s. This settlement is a good faith act by both Prometric and NCS Pearson to meet the needs of our respective customers and facilitate the continuing rapid growth of the electronic certification and licensure test delivery markets,” said Neil Crocker, vice president and general manager of VUE.

About NCS Pearson
NCS Pearson is a global provider of applications, services and technologies for education, testing, assessments and complex data management. Formerly known as National Computer Systems Inc., the company is part of Pearson Education. For more information, please visit www.ncspearson.com.

About VUE
VUE is the 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. For more information, please visit www.vue.com.

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