NCS Pearson launches state-of-the-art testing centers

NCS Pearson today announced that it has launched Pearson Professional Centers, its company-owned and operated computer-based testing centers. The first client to test in the Pearson Professional Centers is the American Society for Clinical Pathology - Board of Registry (ASCP - BOR), under a three-year exclusive contract for test delivery services.

The Pearson Professional Centers is a growing network of 200 testing centers, conveniently located in professional business settings throughout the U.S. and its territories. The patent-pending testing center design offers the highest level of exam delivery security and control in the industry and meets the most exacting requirements of high-stakes testing programs.

"We have observed the growing demand for increased security in high-stakes testing, and in response have committed a substantial, long-term investment to establish these state-of-the-art testing facilities," said Bob Whelan, vice president and general manager of Pearson Professional Testing. "We are pleased with the launch of testing services for the ASCP - BOR and look forward to continued success with the expanding list of organizations that are choosing to test in the Pearson Professional Centers." Beginning on October 1, 2002, Pearson Professional Centers will deliver the NCLEX® Examination for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc., under a seven-year, exclusive agreement.

The ASCP - BOR is widely accepted as the most influential leader in the certification of medical technologists. The ASCP's membership consists of more than 11,000 pathologists and other physicians and more than 130,000 laboratory professionals. More than 380,000 certificates have been issued to date. The ASCP - BOR certifies individuals who meet given academic and clinical prerequisites and who achieve acceptable performance levels on examinations. Certification examinations are administered year-round using computerized adaptive testing.

"The Pearson Professional Centers provide the high-quality testing environment we desired for our examination candidates," said Kory Ward-Cook, Ph.D., MT (ASCP), CAE, senior vice president for ASCP, executive director of the BOR. "The carefully controlled testing center environment and the professional testing center staff provide a positive reflection of our program to our examination candidates."

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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