|For Immediate Release:||17 December 2007|
Mary Beth Mohn
|Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions
Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions and Pearson VUE Renew Exclusive Agreement to Deliver GMAT Ultimate Practice Test
For Business School Applicants, GMAT Practice in Actual Test Environment Available Only to Kaplan Students
BLOOMINGTON, Minn., December 17, 2007 — Pearson VUE, the electronic certification and licensure testing business of Pearson and exclusive provider of the Graduate Management Admission Test® (GMAT®), announced that it has signed a long-term renewal contract with Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions to provide test delivery of the Ultimate Practice Test, a GMAT practice exam. The Ultimate Practice Test will continue to be available exclusively to Kaplan students in over 230 Pearson Professional Centers throughout the United States and its territories and select Pearson Professional Center locations expanding internationally.
Kaplan, the largest provider of test preparation for the GMAT, is the only test prep provider that enables GMAT test takers to practice in an actual testing facility. Test takers have a chance to experience their exam environment in advance—test center location, computer setup, lighting, seating arrangement, security procedures, room layout, etc.—and know what to expect on test day.
“Providing the Ultimate Practice Test in the same testing environment as the actual GMAT has been a great success for our students,” says Susan Kaplan, Director of Graduate Programs, Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions. “We have created a true partnership with Pearson VUE and are excited to continue providing the best test preparation for the GMAT available to our students.”
“Teaming up with Kaplan to deliver the Ultimate Practice Test in our Pearson Professional Center network has proven very successful over the last couple of years,” said Robert Whelan, president of Pearson VUE. “We couldn’t be happier that Kaplan has chosen to continue this partnership—not only for us, but for their students.”
Pearson VUE delivers the GMAT exam for the Graduate Management Admission Council. The GMAT is used as a critical part of the admission process by more than 4,000 graduate business programs around the world.
About Pearson VUE
Pearson VUE (www.pearsonvue.com) is the global leader in electronic testing for regulatory and certification boards, providing a full suite of services from test development to test delivery to data management. Pearson VUE offers exams through the world’s largest network of test centers in 162 countries, providing testing services for information technology, academic, government and professional clients. Pearson VUE acquired the former Promissor in 2006, thereby extending its leadership in the certification market. The company’s innovative technology offers the highest levels of security and program control, while its commitment to service provides clients and individual test takers with an unmatched testing experience.
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 Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions
Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions (www.kaptest.com), a division of Kaplan, Inc., is a premier provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. Established in 1938, Kaplan is the world leader in the test prep industry. With a comprehensive menu of online offerings and a complete array of books and software, Kaplan offers preparation for more than 90 standardized tests, including entrance exams for secondary school, college and graduate school, as well as English language and professional licensing exams. Kaplan also provides private tutoring and college and graduate admissions consulting services.