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For Immediate Release: 23 June 2008
PR Contact: Pearson VUE
Mary Beth Mohn, Marketing Director

Pearson VUE helps bring certification testing to SkillsUSA

Unique partnership enables onsite computer-based testing at National Leadership and Skills Conference

BLOOMINGTON, Minn., June 23, 2008 — Through the cooperative efforts of Pearson VUE, CompTIA and Heathkit, the contestants in the June 25-26 competition at the National Leadership and Skills Conference will be able to once again sit for their CompTIA A+ certification exams at a temporary computer-based testing facility located in the Kansas City Convention Center’s Bartle Hall.

As in years past, nearly 70 SkillsUSA competitors will take the CompTIA A+ certification exams as one component of the Computer Maintenance Technology competition. Each year, CompTIA has donated the exams to SkillsUSA for use in the competition. In addition, Pearson VUE is waiving its test delivery fee for the event.

Heathkit is setting up the on-site test center where the CompTIA exams will be delivered using Pearson VUE’s mobile-testing solution. With Pearson VUE’s mobile-testing technology, schools or corporations can quickly transition a classroom or training room into a testing environment when needed, allowing them to provide convenient, start-to-finish training and testing in one location. In addition, this technology can be used to deliver certification exams at events such as at the National Leadership and Skills Conference. First-place winners in the competition will receive a certificate good for one year of free CompTIA exam testing at Pearson VUE.

“Pearson VUE is proud to participate in SkillsUSA alongside Heathkit and CompTIA again this year,” said Robert Whelan, president of Pearson VUE. “We share in their commitment toward helping prepare students for a successful future within the IT industry.”

Student competitors will be pre-registered and scheduled for their CompTIA A+ exams before they arrive at the competition. The test center will be operated by Heathkit and CompTIA staff members who have been certified as Pearson VUE test administrators.

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.

Last updated 2008-06-23