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For Immediate Release: 20 February 2009
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Pearson VUE Embraces Collaboration to Spur Innovation and Speed-to-Market

Relationship with Summit Consulting Group expected to yield new capabilities in the area of performance-based testing.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn., February 20, 2009 — Pearson VUE, the computer-based testing business of Pearson, has announced an agreement with Summit Consulting Group, Inc. to provide access to Summit products directly through the Pearson VUE system. Customers interested in adding performance-based testing to their examinations now have access to Summit’s capabilities throughout Pearson VUE’s global test center network.

Steven Nordberg, Pearson VUE’s chief technologist, explained, “This collaboration means that we can provide more advanced item types, complex simulations and lab-based exams for our clients—all with greater speed and scalability. No one company can or should dictate the pace of innovation within a particular industry. We are confident our relationship with Summit will signal to other companies our willingness to embrace and nurture new ways of testing.”

Pearson VUE has already begun work with a number of customers to leverage these new capabilities and expects the first customer to incorporate the Summit technology by the end of March 2009.

“We are pleased to have been selected by Pearson VUE on the strength of our capabilities.” said John Sotiros, president of Summit Consulting Group. “This arrangement will help us reach a much broader audience while providing Pearson VUE’s clients with a proven solution for performance-based testing.”

About Pearson VUE

Pearson VUE (www.pearsonvue.com) is the global leader in computer-based testing for information technology, academic, government and professional testing programs around the world. Pearson VUE provides a full suite of services from test development to data management, and delivers exams through the world’s most comprehensive and secure network of test centers in 165 countries. 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.

About Summit Consulting Group, Inc.

Summit Consulting Group, Inc. is a Maryland-based technology development company with offices in Maryland and Utah. Summit is a leader in the computer based testing industry with particular focus on performance based testing. Summit provides services to the academic, licensing and certification testing industry, offering generalized and custom systems for item authoring and banking, computer based test delivery, item/performance task development, scoring, and backend system development supporting world-wide test delivery.

Last updated 2009-03-03