BLOOMINGTON, Minn., June 3, 2003 — Pearson VUE, the electronic testing business of Pearson Education, today announced that it has signed a three-year contract to be the exclusive provider of computer-based testing for The American Board of Surgery. Certifying examinations will be delivered in the Pearson VUE-owned and -operated Pearson Professional Centers network of more than 200 test centers beginning in the third quarter of 2003.
The American Board of Surgery was founded in 1937 and is one of 24 certifying boards that are members of the American Board of Medical Specialties. The American Board of Surgery was established for the purpose of certifying those found to be qualified after meeting specific requirements and completing an examination process. A major reason for establishing the specialty board was to identify the surgeon who has met a certain standard of excellence.
“The American Board of Surgery maintains a certification program to establish competence in our candidates, and having an experienced testing partner is essential to the success of our program. Pearson VUE program experts collaborated closely with the ABS to determine our needs, and then created a test delivery solution, comprising secure, professional test centers and advanced test technology to augment our goals,” said Dr. Frank R. Lewis, Jr., executive director of The American Board of Surgery.
“We are pleased The American Board of Surgery chose Pearson VUE as its testing solution partner for its conversion from paper-and-pencil testing to computer-based testing. Our fully integrated test delivery system, along with our patented, state-of-the-art test centers will provide the ABS with the high level of security and control its program requires,” said Bob Whelan, vice president and general manager of Pearson VUE.
Pearson VUE (www.pearsonvue.com) is the electronic testing business of Pearson Education, which in turn is part of Pearson (NYSE: PSO; LSE: PSON), the international media company. Pearson’s other primary operations include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group.