Pearson VUE in deal for pharmacy board testing

Pearson VUE Signs Exclusive Agreement with National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® for Test Delivery

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - Pearson VUE, the electronic certification and licensure testing business of Pearson, today announced it signed an agreement with the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®) to be the exclusive test delivery provider of computer-based NABP licensure examinations: the North American Pharmacist Licensure ExaminationTM (NAPLEX®) and the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination® (MPJE®).  NABP's examinations will transition to Pearson VUE in 2008.  These exams will be delivered throughout the secure Pearson VUE-owned and -operated network of Pearson Professional Centers in the United States and its territories.

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy assists its member boards and jurisdictions in developing, implementing, and enforcing uniform standards for the purpose of protecting the public health.  All state boards of pharmacy in the United States, District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands utilize NABP's NAPLEX examination as one component to assess the competence of candidates seeking pharmacist licensure. Participating jurisdictions also use the MPJE, a combination of federal and state-specific law questions, as their state law examination, which is one of several factors used in determining a candidate's eligibility for licensure as a pharmacist.

"Pearson VUE has a record of solid customer service combined with a secure and consistent test center network to efficiently deliver and safeguard examinations such as the NAPLEX and MPJE," says NABP President Oren M. Peacock, Jr.

"Pearson VUE is committed to providing excellent customer service on behalf of the NABP examination programs," said Robert Whelan, president of Pearson VUE. "Testing programs continue to switch to Pearson VUE because we deliver on our promises to provide solid performance, outstanding service and reliable exam delivery. We look forward to providing a professional testing environment for NABP exam candidates."

About Pearson VUE

Pearson VUE ( is the global leader in electronic testing for regulatory and certification boards, providing a full suite of services from test development to test delivery to data management. Pearson VUE offers exams through the world's largest network of test centers in 162 countries, providing testing services for information technology, academic, government and professional clients. Pearson VUE acquired the former Promissor in 2006, thereby extending its leadership in the certification market. The company's innovative technology offers the highest levels of security and program control, while its commitment to service provides clients and individual test takers with an unmatched testing experience.

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.

Further information

Pearson VUE
Stephanie Dille
Phone +1-952-681-3000