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VUE Signs Testing Agreement with Check Point Software Technologies

Check Point Certification Exams to be Delivered Through Global VUE Testing Network

Minneapolis, Minn., February 28, 2000 — VUE, the electronic testing service of NCS Pearson, announced today that it has contracted with Check Point Software Technologies, Inc. to be the sole delivery provider of Check Point certification exams. Check Point currently delivers its suite of exams in 240 in-house locations. Beginning in the first quarter of 2001, Check Point will offer its certification exams using VUE’s high stakes delivery software, through VUE’s global network of more than 2,500 authorized testing centers.

Check Point develops, markets and supports Internet security solutions for enterprise networks and service providers including Virtual Private Networks (VPN) and firewalls. Check Point’s product offerings also include secure quality of service (QoS) and IP address management. Recently, Check Point Technologies was added to the Nasdaq 100.

“We are pleased to be working with VUE for Check Point certification testing,” said Glenn Barlow, vice president worldwide technical services, Check Point Software. “VUE’s presence and commitment to quality customer service are strong complements to Check Point’s market-leading technologies.”

Neil Crocker, vice president and general manager of VUE said, “We are pleased that Check Point Technologies has joined our growing list of testing clients. It’s exciting to work with a company that looks for sophisticated solutions to the security challenges of e-commerce industry. Both VUE and Check Point are technical leaders, so we feel it is a good fit.”

VUE is the electronic testing service of NCS Pearson. From operation centers in the United States, the Netherlands, Australia, China, India and Japan, VUE provides a variety of services to the Information Technology industry and the Professional Certification and Licensure markets. NCS Pearson is a global provider of applications, services and technologies for education, testing, assessment and complex data management. Formerly known as National Computer Systems, Inc., the company was recently acquired by U.K.-based Pearson plc (NYSE:PSO; LSO:PSON), and is now a part of Pearson Education and known as NCS Pearson.

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