BLOOMINGTON, Minn., June 3, 2003 — Pearson VUE, the electronic testing business of Pearson Education, today announced that it has signed a three-year contract to be the sole national provider of computer-based testing for The American Board of Internal Medicine. Examinations will be delivered through the Pearson Professional Centers, the Pearson VUE-owned and -operated network of more than 200 test centers.
The American Board of Internal Medicine is the largest medical specialty board in the United States. Physicians wishing to be certified in internal medicine and related sub-specialties voluntarily meet the standards for certification and recertification established by the ABIM. These include satisfactory completion of specified training and self-evaluation, evidence of competence and professional standing in clinical situations, and passing an examination of medical knowledge and clinical judgment.
“It is evident that the Pearson Professional Centers were specifically designed for and are dedicated to professional testing — they are quiet, comfortable, and don’t have the distractions of classrooms. The Pearson Professional Centers are definitely of ‘Board quality’ and will provide ABIM exam candidates with a consistently professional testing experience,” said Dr. Daniel Duffy, executive vice president of the American Board of Internal Medicine.
“We are pleased to welcome The American Board of Internal Medicine to our expanding list of medical professional organizations testing in our Pearson Professional Centers. As a leader in computer-based test delivery, Pearson VUE will provide The ABIM unrivaled test delivery,” 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.