|For Immediate Release:||2 March 2009|
|PR Contacts:||Adam Gaber
CSW Computer Simulations, LLC, Renews Computer-Based Testing (CBT) Partnership With Pearson VUE
BLOOMINGTON, Minn., March 2, 2009 — Pearson VUE, the electronic certification and licensure testing business of Pearson, announced today that CSW Computer Simulations, LLC, (CSW) has renewed its contract with Pearson VUE for computer-based test delivery of the prosthodontic and periodontic computer-simulated examinations. Pearson VUE will continue to deliver CSW’s computer-simulated examination program throughout all Pearson Professional Centers in the United States and U.S. Territories.
The new contract term extends a successful and innovative partnership between Pearson VUE and CSW. The road to this achievement began in 2001, when CSW’s composite organizations—the Central Regional Dental Testing Service (CRDTS), Southern Regional Testing Agency (SRTA), and Western Regional Examining Board (WREB)—collaborated to implement the use of Zoomorphix Systems’ pioneering 2-D and 3-D computer technology in dental testing. CSW’s goal was to eliminate the handling and shipment of portfolios, dental models, and printed examinations required of the paper-and-pencil prosthodontic examination, while simultaneously increasing the exam’s availability. Computer-based development of the periodontic patient-based assessment and diagnosis examination followed soon after, and CSW, Zoomorphix Systems, and Pearson VUE released the computer-based replacement of the former prosthodontic and periodontic exams in the spring of 2006. Now the most technologically advanced tests in the dental licensure testing industry, the CBT examinations will continue to assess candidates’ skills and knowledge of prosthodontics as well as periodontal assessment/diagnosis, and are combined with clinical testing scores to determine minimal competency for dental licensure.
“CSW is growing its presence in the dental licensure field, helping boards leverage the latest technology to advance measurement and reduce costs. We are pleased to extend our relationship with Pearson VUE for delivery of the CSW computer simulation program, enabling us to deliver our program throughout the United States and Territories,” remarked Shane Clays, Executive Director of CSW. “From the program’s inception, Pearson VUE has consistently leveraged its CBT experience, technology, test center network, and service culture to seamlessly execute our vision for a 3-D CBT dental licensure program. We know that same expertise will continue to benefit our staff, candidates, and stakeholders over the next three years.”
“We are extremely proud of our association with CSW and the technology advancement that their program, in collaboration with Zoomorphix Systems, has brought to the testing industry,” said Robert Whelan, president and chief executive officer of Pearson VUE. “We will continue to share all the advantages and advancements of our state-of-the-art test center network and CBT delivery technology to grow and develop the CSW computer-simulation program.”
About Pearson VUE
Pearson VUE (www.pearsonvue.com) is the global leader in computer-based testing for information technology, academic, government and professional testing programs around the world. Pearson VUE provides a full suite of services from test development to data management, and delivers exams through the world’s most comprehensive and secure network of test centers in 165 countries. 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 Zoomorphix Systems
Zoomorphix Systems (www.zoomorphix.com) is a computer software development company established in Melbourne in 1998, specializing in 2D and 3D graphics software development. Its mission is to provide the leading solutions in technically challenging applications. Zoomorphix Systems developers have been creating computer software for over 20 years and 3D computer graphics software since 1990, developing 3D simulations for large companies, domestically and internationally. Zoomorphix Systems has a history of working on large projects across multiple time zones and have always delivered reliable state of the art leading solutions.
About CSW Computer Simulations, LLC
CSW Computer Simulations, LLC, is an organization created by and reporting to Central Regional Dental Testing Service (CRDTS), Southern Regional Testing Agency (SRTA), and Western Regional Examining Board (WREB). In 2001, the collaborative efforts and commitment of these three testing agencies, their doctors, educators, testing specialists and administrative staff became a pioneering venture in the use of appropriate 2-D and 3-D computer technology for dental testing. The result is the development of a better examination that can be used by the three agencies to test a candidate’s skills and abilities in prosthodontics and periodontal assessment/diagnosis. The computer simulation examination results will be utilized in conjunction with clinical testing to determine minimal competency for dental licensure.