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Pearson VUE
Julie Boyce

Pearson VUE Adopts Open Standard for Data Interchange

Move to QTI Will Foster Innovation within Testing Industry

BLOOMINGTON, Minn., February 6, 2006 — Consistent with its prior commitment to the testing industry to embrace open standards, Pearson VUE today announced that the latest version of its testing system implements the IMS Global Learning Consortium’s Question and Test Interoperability (QTI) specification. QTI describes a data model for the representation of test questions, tests and test results to enable the exchange of data with other critical applications and tools such as item banking or data management systems.

QTI played a critical role in the recent successful global launch of the GMAT® exam. QTI is used to exchange exam content between ACT, the test development partner for the Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®), and Pearson VUE, the test delivery partner. David A. Wilson, GMAC’s Chief Executive Officer said, “As a customer, I applaud Pearson VUE for doing what is clearly best for the industry. Having our test development and delivery partners working together using what amounts to a common language has been tremendously effective.”

Pearson VUE’s president, Robert Whelan, said, “It is the character of our company to compete on the quality of our service and our ability to innovate. We view embracing QTI as a logical step and are confident this move will accelerate the development of third-party tools and stimulate further innovation within our industry.”

Eric Shepherd, president of Questionmark, and one of the world’s leading authorities on assessment software, said “Open standards provide an environment where innovation thrives and solutions flourish. Having Pearson VUE adopt QTI marks a new era for our industry where those ready to innovate and interoperate can do so with the assurance that one of the larger testing service providers is now supporting open standards.”

Pearson VUE ( is the global leader in electronic testing services for academic admissions, certification and licensure programs. Pearson VUE offers exams through the world’s largest network of more than 4,000 test centers in 145 countries, providing testing services for information technology, regulatory and certification boards, academic, government and corporate clients. Its innovative technology offers the security and control required by admissions, licensure and certification programs while its commitment to service provides customers with an unmatched testing experience. The company recently acquired Promissor, the leading provider of licensing examinations for state and federal regulatory bodies in the U.S., extending its leadership in the testing and certification industry.

Pearson VUE is a business of Pearson (NYSE: PSO; LSE: PSON), the international media company, whose businesses include the Financial Times Group, Pearson Education, and the Penguin Group.

The Graduate Management Admission Council® is a not-for-profit education organization of leading graduate business schools worldwide, dedicated to creating access to and disseminating information about graduate management education. The organization owns and sponsors the Graduate Management Admission Test® (GMAT®) which is used by graduate management programs around the world as part of the admissions process.

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