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Julie Boyce
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Pearson VUE Vouchers for IT Certification Available through FasTrac

BLOOMINGTON, Minn., September 7, 2006 — Pearson VUE, the computer-based testing business of Pearson, announced that it has been selected as a sub-contractor for FasTrac, a federal contracting vehicle for IT certification vouchers. Through FasTrac, Pearson VUE will offer IT certification vouchers to all government contractors, including the Department of Defense.

Pearson VUE was selected to offer IT certification vouchers on the FasTrac contract to assist in the implementation of the Department of Defense Directive 8570 (for more information, visit iase.disa.mil/8570FAQAug05FINAL.doc) which mandates commercial IT certifications for personnel performing IT security functions. Over 80,000 DoD military and civilian personnel will need to comply with the Department of Defense Directive 8570 (iase.disa.mil).

Pearson VUE has over 4,000 global test centers that provide on-site testing for industry credentialing associations to deliver certification and licensure exams to any eligible service member, dependent and spouse. The Pearson VUE® Authorized Test Center network includes recognized DANTES Service Education Centers. These DANTES centers provide easy access, flexible scheduling and secure facilities for testing all eligible personnel.

FasTrac was developed to foster cooperation among government agencies, maximize learning technology interoperability and eliminate redundant development of advanced learning technologies. As a result, all government agencies can take advantage of IT certification vouchers provided by Pearson VUE to assist in government IT mandates, continuing education improvements for government employees and new employee hiring requirements.

About Pearson VUE
Pearson VUE (www.pearsonvue.com) 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 test centers in 151 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 academic, licensure and certification programs while its commitment to service provides customers with an unmatched testing experience. Pearson acquired Promissor, which is now a business of Pearson VUE, 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.

About FedSource
FedSource is a franchise fund, an entity created by Congress under the Government Management Reform Act of 1994 to cultivate creativity in government. FedSource operates under the U.S. Department of Treasury. Any federal agency interested in obtaining further information on FasTrac products and services should contact FedSource San Antonio, at sanantonio@san.fedsource.gov or call 210-403-4900.

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