NCSBN Awards Pearson VUE Extension to NCLEX® Test Development and Delivery Agreement

Five-year extension ensures NCLEX exams will be delivered at Pearson Professional Centers within the United States, its territories, and select international locations through 2014

BLOOMINGTON, Minn., August 15, 2007 - The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) announced today that they have awarded Pearson VUE a five year extension to the NCLEX test development and delivery agreement continuing the contract through 2014.

The NCSBN oversees one of the world's largest and most prestigious licensing programs, and their examination, the NCLEX, is administered at Pearson VUE's patent-winning, company-owned and -operated Pearson Professional Centers. The test center network was first put into service in 2002, in close collaboration with the NCSBN, to offer the higher levels of quality, consistency, and security necessary to safeguard the integrity of the testing process.

Faith Fields, MSN, RN, Executive Director of the Arkansas Board of Nursing, and President of the Board of Directors for the NCSBN, said "Pearson VUE has clearly emerged as the gold standard for high stakes testing programs. We've entrusted the NCLEX to Pearson VUE for nearly five years now. Our willingness to sign an extension with two years remaining on the base agreement is truly reflective of the great teamwork, consistently stellar service, and the many accomplishments our two organizations have realized."

"Our early work with the NCSBN resulted in what the market has recognized as the best-in-class offering,"said Robert Whelan, President of Pearson VUE. "Having the NCSBN acknowledge our hard work and investments with this contract extension is extremely gratifying and we look forward to continuing this remarkable relationship for many years to come."

The NCLEX will continue to be delivered at 205 Pearson Professional Centers located throughout the United States and its territories. For foreign nurse candidates pursuing domestic nurse licensure in the United States and its territories, the NCLEX will also continue to be available at 17 Pearson Professional Centers located within Australia, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom.

About Pearson VUE
Pearson VUE ( is the global leader in electronic testing services for academic admissions, certification and licensure programs. Pearson VUE offers exams through the world's largest network of test centers in 162 countries, providing testing services for information technology, regulatory and certification boards, academic, government and corporate clients. Its innovative technology offers the security and control required by academic, licensure and certification programs while its commitment to service provides customers with an unmatched testing experience. Pearson acquired Promissor, which is now a business of Pearson VUE, extending its leadership in the testing and certification industry.

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 the NCSBN
The National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (NCSBN) is a not-for-profit organization whose membership comprises the boards of nursing in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and four U.S. territories.

Mission: The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), composed of Member Boards, provides leadership to advance regulatory excellence for public protection

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