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NCLEX Testing to Expand Internationally through Pearson VUE

NCSBN approves test delivery at Pearson Professional Centers in Australia, Canada, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico and Taiwan

BLOOMINGTON, Minn., February 6, 2006 — Following a successful international launch of the NCLEX® examination at pilot sites in London, England; Seoul, South Korea; and Hong Kong in 2005, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) has authorized additional Pearson Professional Centers to administer the examination outside the United States for domestic nurse licensure purposes.

Beginning February 15, 2006, appointments will be accepted for NCLEX testing on, or after April 1, 2006, at Pearson Professional Centers located in Sydney, Australia; Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver, Canada; Frankfurt, Germany; Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, and Chennai, India; Mexico City, Mexico; and Taipei, Taiwan. Appointment availability for Pearson Professional Centers in Chiyoda-ku, and Yokohama, Japan will be announced at a later date.

“Expanding internationally should help lessen the financial and time burden on nurse candidates seeking licensure in the United States, without compromising our ultimate goal of safeguarding public health, safety and the welfare of patients,” said Dr. Casey Marks, NCSBN Associate Executive Director, Business Operations. He continues, “We chose the expansion sites based on the same rigorous quality and security standards we maintain for all of our test sites both internationally and within the United States.”

Robert Whelan, president of Pearson VUE said, “The NCSBN has always placed the highest value on protecting the integrity of the exam administration process and offering their nurse candidates the most consistent and secure testing experience possible. We are thrilled that we can now offer these same advantages to nurse candidates overseas.”

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. The company recently acquired Promissor, the leading provider of licensing examinations for state and federal regulatory bodies in the U.S., extending its leadership in the testing and certification industry.

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.

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