EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., October 25, 2001 — VUE, the computer-based testing business of NCS Pearson, today announced that effective October 1, 2001, The American College exams are being delivered through the VUE™ Authorized Testing Center network at selected locations throughout the United States and Canada. The American College also purchased the VUE program administration and test development system, CERTS®, and the associated services relating to implementation, customization and on-going maintenance and support of the CERTS software system.
The American College is an independent, accredited, nonprofit educational institution that provides graduate and professional education, primarily on a distance learning basis, to men and women pursuing career growth in the increasingly sophisticated and competitive field of financial services. The mission of The American College is to raise the level of professionalism of its students and, by extension, the financial industry as a whole. Students study independently or in local classes and earn credits toward a designation or degree by passing computer-administered examinations given at local exam centers such as VUE Authorized Testing Centers.
“The American College chose VUE for exam delivery because of its history of providing great service, the high quality of its testing center network and its technology offerings, specifically its real-time, Web-based reporting capabilities and flexible candidate scheduling,” said Gary Stone, executive vice president of The American College. “We are particularly impressed by how quickly VUE was able to respond to our request to activate a critical testing site, then publish and deliver exams in less than 30 days. We value that kind of responsiveness in a service provider.”
“We are pleased to welcome The American College to our expanding list of testing clients. VUE is rapidly growing its client base outside of the Information Technology market, and The American College is an excellent addition,” said Neil Crocker, vice president and general manager of VUE. “We are also pleased to note The American College is taking advantage of our comprehensive suite of services that include not only exam delivery, but also item banking and test publishing utilizing the CERTS software tool.”
NCS Pearson implements innovative testing solutions that enhance the performance, reliability and security of testing programs throughout the world by means of its electronic testing business, VUE. VUE’s unique, high-security Internet-based test delivery system meets the needs of the Information Technology (IT) industry and the Professional Certification and Licensure market through its quality test delivery networks. Through a company-owned and operated domestic network of 200 Pearson Professional Centers and a global network of more than 3,000 VUE Authorized Testing Center locations serving over 130 countries, VUE delivers licensing and certification exams for industry leaders including Microsoft, Cisco, National Association of Securities Dealers -- Regulation and many more. Visit VUE at www.vue.com.