|For Immediate Release:||17 April 2007|
Florida Mortgage Broker’s Exam Transitioning to Computer-based Assessment through Contract with Promissor and Pearson VUE
Philadelphia, PA, April 17, 2007 — Promissor, a Pearson VUE business, announced that the Florida Office of Financial Regulation and the Florida Division of Finance has awarded a contract to Promissor and Pearson VUE for test development and administration services as they migrate their paper-and-pencil exams to computer-based testing.
The contract was awarded at the conclusion of a competitive procurement process and subsequent legislative action to permit the department to convert their exams to computer-based and outsource their test administration. Promissor and Pearson VUE hold substantial contracts with various departments within the Florida state government and have a well-established infrastructure that includes a combined test center network of 21 facilities. Leveraging this existing network will allow Promissor and Pearson VUE to quickly launch the program while providing services that mortgage broker license candidates have not previously had access to.
Among the program improvements the Florida Division of Finance and the mortgage broker candidates can expect are:
- more test center locations and testing opportunities
- easy and rapid exam registration
- increased exam security
- delivery of photo-bearing score report at the time of the exam
- diagnostic feedback indicating the candidate’s strengths and weaknesses
- shorter intervals between passing the exam receiving their license
- increased customer service levels for the client and their candidates
- elimination of logistics issues such as distribution, storage, and tracking test papers
- reduction of back-office tasks such as semi-manual test scoring and reporting
“We are excited to be working with the Florida Office of Financial Regulation and the Florida Division of Finance on its conversion from paper-and-pencil testing to computer-based testing. Our vast experience with this process and our existing footprint in the state will be fully leveraged to ensure the smoothest possible transition for the Department and the candidates,” said Art Valentine, general manager of regulatory services for Promissor.
“There are significant benefits for both clients and test takers when an organization transitions from a paper-and-pencil testing program to computer-based testing,” said Robert Whelan, president of Pearson VUE. “Pearson VUE and Promissor have extensive experience in exam transition. We are thrilled to be working with the Florida Office of Financial Regulation and the Florida Division of Finance and looking forward to helping them realize these benefits for themselves and their clients.”
About Pearson VUE
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 test centers in 151 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 academic, licensure and certification programs while its commitment to service provides customers with an unmatched testing experience. Pearson acquired Promissor, which is now a business of Pearson VUE, 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.