BLOOMINGTON, Minn., February 12, 2003 — Pearson VUE, the electronic testing business of Pearson Education, is the new name of the combined Pearson Professional Testing and VUE Testing Services businesses. As Pearson VUE, the business will support the effort by Pearson Education to coordinate branding across all its products in educational publishing, testing and assessment, and educational software and services.
Previously, the two operated as separate brands serving distinct markets. VUE Testing Services delivers primarily Information Technology certification exams in over 3,400 authorized affiliates in more than 130 countries. Pearson Professional Testing serves the professional licensure and certification markets and operates over 200 company-owned and -operated test centers in the U.S. and its territories.
“As VUE Testing Services, we earned our reputation for advanced technology and outstanding service in the Information Technology industry. Pearson Professional Testing was launched to meet the needs of the professional licensure and certification market for a quality, computer-based testing solution, and we achieved our goal of establishing a solid footing in that market,” said Bob Whelan, general manager and vice president of Pearson VUE. “As Pearson VUE, we will continue to expand our full-featured, flexible array of electronic testing services that enhance the performance, reliability and security of licensing and certification programs throughout the world, and will actively pursue providing these services to new markets. By aligning our business name more closely with Pearson Education we will also give our customers a better understanding of the full range of what we have to offer and emphasize the depth of our service offerings.”
The network of authorized centers formerly known as VUE Authorized Testing Centers will now be known as the Pearson VUE™ Authorized Center network. The domestic network of company-owned and -operated test centers will continue to do business as Pearson Professional Centers.
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.