BLOOMINGTON, Minn., November 7, 2003 — Pearson VUE, the electronic testing service of Pearson Education, today announced that it has signed a three-year contract with the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation to be the exclusive test delivery provider of all computer-based certification exams administered by the ABPMR. Beginning in November 2003, ABPMR exams will be delivered throughout the Pearson VUE-owned and -operated network of more than 200 Pearson Professional Centers.
The American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is a non-profit organization which was founded in 1947 and is one of the 24 certifying boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties. The ABPMR’s mission is to provide assurance to the public that a certified medical specialist has successfully completed an approved education program and evaluation in physical medicine and rehabilitation.
“We believe our candidates deserve the best test experience available. Pearson VUE’s responsiveness, innovative technology and state-of-the-art test centers were deciding factors in our decision to transition the administration of our certification exams to them. We are confident Pearson VUE will be able to fulfill all of our testing needs,” said Anthony Tarvestad, executive director of the ABPMR.
“We’re pleased the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation chose Pearson VUE as its testing solution partner,” said Bob Whelan, Pearson VUE vice president and general manager. “This comes at an exciting time for the Pearson Professional Centers. We have completed one year of testing in our owned network and the list of professional organizations that test with us is continually growing. I am confident we will be able to provide the ABPMR with the test service they desire and deserve.”
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 primary operations also include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group.