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For Immediate Release: 8 July 2011
PR Contact: Adam Gaber

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Pearson VUE Selected to Deliver Barber and Cosmetology Exams in Pennsylvania

BLOOMINGTON, Minn., July 8, 2011 — Pearson VUE, the computer-based testing business of Pearson, announced today that both the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs for the State Board of Cosmetology and the State Board of Barber Examiners (“Boards”) for the Pennsylvania Department of State have selected Pearson VUE to conduct application screening and develop and administer computer-based theory and live practical exams. The five-year contract was awarded following a competitive bidding process.

Pearson VUE will assist the Boards with increasing their service offerings to Pennsylvania candidates by adding test centers and providing on-site scoring for both the written and practical examinations. In addition to administering both examinations, Pearson VUE will screen applicants and provide test development services. Pearson VUE has administered the Nurse Aide written and practical exams on behalf of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging and the Pennsylvania Department of Health since 2005.

Kelly Diller, Board Administrator for the Pennsylvania Department of State, Bureau of Professional & Occupational Affairs commented, “We are confident that Pearson VUE’s extensive experience with administering two-part exams with a practical component will result in a high standard of quality and consistency moving forward.”

Art Valentine, senior vice president of professional services and general manager of regulatory services at Pearson VUE, said, “We are extremely pleased to be building a new relationship with the Pennsylvania State Board of Cosmetology and State Board of Barber Examiners. The opportunity to help the Boards expand their service offering and extend their testing opportunities through increased locations is only the first step in what we hope will be a long and mutually beneficial relationship.”

Robert Whelan, president and chief executive officer of Pearson VUE, added, “As a company, Pearson VUE strives to provide effective solutions to client challenges. Eliminating the wait for test scores allows candidates to immediately move on to the next step of licensure. Assisting the Pennsylvania State Board of Cosmetology and State Board of Barber Examiners in this effort not only increases their overall efficiency, but also brings qualified applicants into the work force as soon 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 2011-07-13