BLOOMINGTON, Minn., January 4, 2006 — Pearson VUE, the electronic testing business of Pearson, today began delivery of the Graduate Management Admission Test® (GMAT®) through its newly expanded test center network of more than 400 test centers in nearly 100 countries around the world. The Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®), owner of the GMAT, chose Pearson VUE as the prime contractor to develop and administer the GMAT exam in a seven-year, $200 million contract largely as the result of Pearson VUE’s focus on customer service and the biometrically enhanced Pearson VUE test center network.
GMAC is a not-for-profit educational association composed of leading business schools from around the world committed to creating access to graduate business education. Currently used in admissions decisions by more than 3,000 graduate management programs at 1,500 business schools, the GMAT is the most widely used assessment — and most reliable predictor — of a candidate’s ability to succeed academically in graduate business studies.
The GMAT is now more accessible with Pearson VUE’s network of more than 400 test centers in nearly 100 countries. Pearson VUE is also providing an increased level of service to test takers and schools through its online registration worldwide and additional international testing locations. People receive their official scores faster through Pearson VUE’s online score-reporting system. This system also allows admissions offices to more efficiently obtain scores for their applicants and gain a deeper understanding of how they measure up against their competition.
“The Council’s new partnership for delivery of the GMAT will not change the validity, reliability, or comparability of the test. The GMAT will remain the international gold-standard assessment tool for management education. The best has just become better: better global access, better technology and better security-an unbeatable combination for our customers,” said David A. Wilson, president and chief executive officer of the Graduate Management Admission Council.
“Pearson VUE is proud to be delivering the prestigious GMAT exam through the most secure company-owned and operated test center network in the industry. We are pleased to be able to provide enhanced reach, technology, and security to the GMAT program and increase services for test takers and schools,” said Pearson VUE president Robert Whelan.
Pearson VUE (www.pearsonvue.com) is the global leader in electronic testing services for academic admissions, certification and licensure programs. Pearson VUE offers exams through the world’s largest network of more than 4,000 test centers in 145 countries, providing testing services for information technology, regulatory and certification boards, academic, government and corporate clients. Its innovative technology offers the security and control required by admissions, licensure and certification programs while its commitment to service provides customers with an unmatched testing experience.
Pearson VUE is a business of Pearson (NYSE: PSO; LSE: PSON), the international media company, whose other businesses include the Financial Times Group, Pearson Education, and the Penguin Group.