BLOOMINGTON, Minn., February 21, 2003 — Pearson VUE, the electronic testing business of Pearson Education, today announced that it has signed an exclusive, three-year contract to provide electronic test delivery services for clients of Measurement Research Associates, Inc. (MRA). Examinations will be delivered through the Pearson Professional Centers, Pearson VUE’s owned and operated network of more than 200 test centers.
MRA was established for the purpose of providing quality and personalized psychometric services to certification and licensure boards. MRA works primarily with medical and dental specialty boards including the American Board of Allergy and Immunology, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and the American Board of Preventive Medicine.
“I have been looking for an affordable solution that would enable our clients to switch from paper-and-pencil testing to computer-based testing,” said Mary Lunz, Ph.D., director of MRA, “With Pearson VUE, a known leader in the electronic testing industry, we found an innovative solution that fits the specific needs of these sophisticated clients. Together, we’ve created a full-featured, standardized offering that will enhance the quality of their testing program, broaden the availability of these specialty examinations and improve service and convenience for exam candidates.”
“We’re delighted to partner with MRA to bring electronic test delivery services to this niche market,” said Bob Whelan, vice president and general manager of Pearson VUE. “We put together a high-quality cost-effective offering, which includes exam delivery in the state-of-the-art Pearson Professional Centers. We’re excited about the opportunity to bring the many benefits of electronic testing to organizations who previously believed they could not afford computer-based testing.”
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.