BLOOMINGTON, Minn., June 3, 2003 — Pearson VUE, the electronic testing business of Pearson Education, today announced that it has signed a three-year contract with The American Board of Family Practice to be the sole national provider of computer-based, test center-delivered examinations to family physicians seeking to certify or recertify in the specialty of Family Practice. Beginning in July 2003, examinations will be delivered in the Pearson VUE-owned and -operated Pearson Professional Centers network of more than 200 test centers.
The American Board of Family Practice is the second largest medical specialty board in the United States. Founded in 1969, it is a voluntary, not-for-profit, private organization whose purposes include the improvement of quality of medical care available to the public, and the establishment and maintenance of high standards of excellence in the specialty of Family Practice.
“We are pleased to leverage our considerable experience in computer-based testing to help The American Board of Family Practice achieve its objective in promoting excellence in medical care in the field of family practice. Our commitment to delivering exceptional customer service, developing the best technology and providing the finest testing center environment will play key roles in facilitating The American Board of Family Practice certification and recertification program realize its goals,” said Bob Whelan, vice president and general manager of Pearson VUE.
Pearson VUE (www.pearsonvue.com) is the electronic testing business of Pearson Education, which in turn is part of Pearson (NYSE: PSO; LSE: PSON), the international media company. Pearson’s other primary operations include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group.