|For Immediate Release:||25 September 2007|
Mary Beth Mohn
National Court Reporters Association Transitioning to Computer-Based Test Delivery Exclusively with Pearson VUE
BLOOMINGTON, Minn., September 25, 2007 — Pearson VUE, the electronic certification and licensure testing business of Pearson, announced today it signed a multi-year contract with the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) to be the exclusive test delivery provider of computer-based NCRA certification examinations, including all NCRA Written Knowledge Tests (RPR, RMR, RDR, CCP, CBC, and CLVS). Beginning in October 2007, these exams will be transitioned from paper-and-pencil format and delivered throughout the secure Pearson VUE-owned and -operated network of over 200 Pearson Professional Centers in the United States as well as selected international sites.
NCRA is a 23,000-member professional association representing the judicial reporting and captioning profession. Members include official court reporters, deposition reporters, broadcast captioners, providers of real-time communication access services for deaf and hard-of-hearing people and others who capture and convert the spoken word into information bases and readable formats.
NCRA is committed to being the leader in advancing the profession of those who capture and integrate the spoken word into a comprehensive and accurate information base for the benefit of the public and private sectors and has been certifying court reporters since 1935. The NCRA certification program helps assess the knowledge and skills needed to meet minimum standards of qualification, and now has three tiers of achievement.
“Moving to computer-based testing is a significant but necessary change,” said Mark J. Golden, CAE, executive director and chief executive officer. “Our members have asked for more test sites and test dates and by choosing Pearson VUE as our test delivery partner, we’ll be able to provide increased testing availability and flexibility at secure test centers around the world.”
“Pearson VUE is thrilled that NCRA has decided to move to computer-based testing,” said Robert Whelan, president, Pearson VUE. “We are proud to begin providing more convenient, flexible and secure testing for the members of an association that is recognized as the international leader in advancing the professions of court reporters.”
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 162 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 National Court Reporters Association (NCRA)
The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) (www.ncraonline.org) is a 23,000-member professional association that promotes excellence among those who capture and convert the spoken word to text and is committed to supporting every member in achieving the highest level of professional expertise. NCRA is internationally recognized as being the premier educational and informational resource for its members and the public.