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NCSBN Awards Pearson VUE Extension to NCLEX(R) Test Development and Delivery Agreement

Thursday, August 16, 2007 General News J E 4
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BLOOMINGTON, Minn., Aug. 15 The National Council of StateBoards of Nursing (NCSBN) announced today that they have awarded Pearson VUE afive year extension to the NCLEX test development and delivery agreementcontinuing the contract through 2014.

The NCSBN oversees one of the world's largest and most prestigiouslicensing programs, and their examination, the NCLEX, is administered atPearson VUE's patent-winning, company-owned and -operated Pearson ProfessionalCenters. The test center network was first put into service in 2002, in closecollaboration with the NCSBN, to offer the higher levels of quality,consistency, and security necessary to safeguard the integrity of the testingprocess.

Faith Fields, MSN, RN, Executive Director of the Arkansas Board ofNursing, and President of the Board of Directors for the NCSBN, said "PearsonVUE has clearly emerged as the gold standard for high stakes testing programs.

We've entrusted the NCLEX to Pearson VUE for nearly five years now. Ourwillingness to sign an extension with two years remaining on the baseagreement is truly reflective of the great teamwork, consistently stellarservice, and the many accomplishments our two organizations have realized."

"Our early work with the NCSBN resulted in what the market has recognizedas the best-in-class offering," said Robert Whelan, President of Pearson VUE."Having the NCSBN acknowledge our hard work and investments with this contractextension is extremely gratifying and we look forward to continuing thisremarkable relationship for many years to come."

The NCLEX will continue to be delivered at 205 Pearson ProfessionalCenters located throughout the United States and its territories. For foreignnurse candidates pursuing domestic nurse licensure in the United States andits territories, the NCLEX will also continue to be available at 17 PearsonProfessional Centers located within Australia, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong,India, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom.

About Pearson VUE

Pearson VUE (http://www.pearsonvue.com) is the global leader in electronictesting services for academic admissions, certification and licensureprograms. Pearson VUE offers exams through the world's largest network of testcenters in 162 countries, providing testing services for informationtechnology, regulatory and certification boards, academic, government andcorporate clients. Its innovative technology offers the security and controlrequired by academic, licensure and certification programs while itscommitment to service provides customers with an unmatched testing experience.Pearson acquired Promissor, which is now a business of Pearson VUE, extendingits leadership in the testing and certification industry.

Pearson VUE is a business of Pearson (NYSE: PSO; LSE: PSON), theinternational media company, whose businesses include the Financial TimesGroup, Pearson Education, and the Penguin Group.

About the NCSBN

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (NCSBN) is anot-for-profit organization whose membership comprises the boards of nursingin the 50 states, the District of Columbia and four U.S. territories.

Mission: The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), composedof Member Boards, provides leadership to advance regulatory excellence forpublic protection

SOURCE National Council of State Boards of Nursing
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