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For Immediate Release: 28 January 2011
PR Contact: Adam Gaber

Pearson VUE Rolls Out New National Insurance Examinations Following Successful Job Analysis

BLOOMINGTON, Minn., January 28, 2011 — Pearson VUE, the computer-based testing business of Pearson, announced today that they have started rolling out new national insurance examinations based on the recently completed National Insurance Job Analysis — revalidating Pearson VUE’s 2005–2006 National Insurance Job Analysis. Release of the new examinations to Pearson VUE’s client states began on January 1, 2011 and will continue on a rolling basis.

The completion of a periodic National Insurance Job Analysis is a pivotal step in maintaining the quality and validity of Pearson VUE’s national insurance examinations for life, health, property, casualty, and personal lines producers and agents. The process involved the participation of a broad range of qualified subject matter experts (SMEs) — including insurance licensing law officials, insurance educators, insurance attorneys, and experienced insurance practitioners — in a series of meetings facilitated by experienced testing professionals. Pearson VUE’s Testing Services staff adapted the resulting outline and weighting suggestions into a final revalidated content outline.

Kellie Britten, Director of Content Development for Pearson VUE commented, “The market requires examination content that is valid, legally defensible and indicative of industry standards and practices. Therefore, we invest significant time, labor and fiscal resources in our National Insurance Job Analysis. To this end, we work extremely hard to include representatives of all 50 states and the District of Columbia, regardless of their testing vendor, making this a true National Insurance Job Analysis.”

“We cannot over-emphasize the importance of conducting regular job analyses for all of our licensing examinations categories,” commented Betty Bergstrom, Ph.D., Vice President, Testing Services at Pearson VUE. “When measuring minimal competency, it is critical that the content outline, the test specifications and the exam content match the actual job responsibilities as closely as possible.”

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 education and information company, whose businesses include the Financial Times Group, Pearson Education and the Penguin Group.

Last updated 2011-01-18