NCS Pearson launches exclusive test delivery of the NCLEX. Examination

Pearson Professional Testing Hires 500 Employees to Staff Test Centers

NCS Pearson today announced that it has launched test delivery of the NCLEX® Examination Program for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (NCSBN) through its electronic testing business, Pearson Professional Testing.  This seven-year, exclusive agreement includes test development services and test delivery through the newly constructed network of 200 Pearson Professional Centers.  More than 500 jobs were created to staff the test centers across the U.S. and its territories.  

The purpose of the NCSBN is to provide an organization through which boards of nursing act and counsel together on matters of common interest and concern affecting the public health, safety and welfare, including the development of the U.S. licensing examinations in nursing.  The NCLEX® Examination is administered to approximately 150,000 candidates annually through the RN and PN examination programs. 

"We are pleased with our move to Pearson Professional Testing and the partnership we?ve created, said Kathy Apple, NCSBN Executive Director. "We?ve diligently worked together to prepare for this program launch."  Ms. Apple continued, "The NCLEX® Examination has been an industry-leading program for many years.  Switching to Pearson Professional Testing allows us to continue to provide valid and reliable examinations, improve customer service to our exam candidates and advance the overall quality of our testing program." 

Preparation for this launch involved a number of significant initiatives for Pearson Professional Testing including implementing NCSBN?s adaptive-testing algorithm; creating real-time, web-based eligibility and accommodations tools; enhancing NCS Pearson?s CERTS® software for test development and item banking; establishing a test development staff; and constructing 200 company-owned and operated test centers.  Over the course of the project, all systems, software and processes related to the test delivery were assessed through a series of alpha and beta tests.
"We are excited to begin testing nurse candidates in our state-of-the-art test centers," said Bob Whelan, vice president and general manager of Pearson Professional Testing.  "Our considerable efforts to construct these sites, enhance our testing system and add new software tools have come together for this day.  Our test centers, staff and systems are all ready for launch."

About NCS Pearson

NCS Pearson is a global provider of applications, services and technologies for education, testing, assessment, government and complex data management.   Through its electronic testing business, Pearson Professional Testing, NCS Pearson implements innovative testing solutions that enhance the performance, reliability and security of professional licensure and certification testing programs throughout the world.  NCS Pearson operates as a business of Pearson Education, the world?s largest integrated education company, which in turn is part of Pearson plc, the international media company. 

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