Kaplan and Thomson Prometric Align to Provide the Most Realistic

                        Practice Test Available 
Exclusive Agreement Marks the First Time GMAT(R) Students Can Prepare in Real 
                         Test Day Environment 
  NEW YORK, Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, the
worldwide educational services leader, today announced it has aligned with
Thomson Prometric, the global leader in technology-enabled testing and
assessment services, to provide Kaplan GMAT(R) test prep students with an
opportunity to take the "Ultimate GMAT(R) Practice Test."  For the first time
ever, students preparing for the GMAT(R) will be able to take a practice exam
in an actual Thomson Prometric testing center -- the same centers that
administer the real GMAT(R) on test day. 
The GMAT(R), Graduate Management Admissions Test, is required as an
entrance criterion for students applying to most business focused programs at
graduate institutions worldwide. 
With the agreement, Kaplan becomes the only test prep provider that
enables GMAT(R) students to practice under real test conditions -- before
taking the actual exam. 
"The Ultimate GMAT(R) Practice Test is designed to give students valuable
exposure to the computer adaptive test (CAT).  CATs are often difficult for
even experienced test-takers, as their dynamic nature causes the level of
difficulty to rise with each correct response," said Justin Serrano, General
Manager, Graduate Programs for Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions.
"Additionally, the realistic environment will help students anticipate
variables like security issues, travel time, and noise, so they can minimize
anxiety associated with the unknown on test day." 
This unique opportunity will be provided to Kaplan's GMAT(R) students at
no extra cost as part of Kaplan's newest GMAT(R) course, which launched on
July 10. The in-center test will be administered as the final of five practice
computer adaptive tests that are included in the GMAT(R) program. 
"We are pleased to partner with Kaplan to provide GMAT(R) students a
unique opportunity to raise their comfort level with the exam," said Alison
Indrisano, Thomson Prometric senior vice president of Global Operations.  "By
familiarizing themselves with the exam in a realistic setting, GMAT(R)
students can offset the natural anxiety that comes with taking a test,
especially for those unfamiliar with computer-based testing.  We anticipate
that the practice test will allow the Kaplan students' true abilities to be
better demonstrated on test day." 
With programs available through private tutoring, classroom courses, books
and online, Kaplan offers complete preparation for GMAT(R) test takers.
Kaplan's new GMAT(R) course gives prospective business school students even
more practice with five online computer adaptive tests that simulate the
GMAT(R), six additional full-length linear exams and several quizzes and
workshops. The program also gives students more flexibility with lessons on
demand -- so students can review lessons online at their leisure -- and
enhanced convenience with the new GMAT(R) pocket reference guide.  Kaplan
offers free GMAT(R) testing and admissions events around the country.  For
information on local events, go to http://www.kaptest.com/gmat . 
  About Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions: 
Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, a division of Kaplan, Inc., is a premier
provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and
businesses.  Established in 1938, Kaplan is the world leader in the test prep
industry and has served well over 3 million students.  With 3,000 classroom
locations worldwide, a comprehensive menu of online offerings and a complete
array of books and software, Kaplan offers preparation for 35 standardized
tests, including entrance exams for secondary school, college and graduate
school, as well as English language and professional licensing exams.  Kaplan
also provides private tutoring and college and graduate admissions consulting
services, as well as K-12 programs for school districts.  Its Web site,
http://www.kaptest.com , is the largest online destination for education and
career services.  Kaplan, Inc., is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Washington
Post Company (NYSE: WPO). 
  About The Thomson Corporation and Thomson Prometric 
The Thomson Corporation (http://www.thomson.com/), with 2003 revenues of
$7.6 billion, is a global leader in providing integrated information solutions
to business and professional customers.  Thomson provides value-added
information, software tools and applications to more than 20 million users in
the fields of law, tax, accounting, financial services, higher education,
reference information, corporate training and assessment, scientific research
and healthcare.  With operational headquarters in Stamford, Conn., Thomson has
approximately 39,000 employees and provides services in approximately 130
countries.  The Corporation's common shares are listed on the New York and
Toronto stock exchanges (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC). Its learning businesses and
brands serve the needs of individuals, learning institutions, corporations and
government agencies with products and services for both traditional and
distributed learning. Thomson Prometric (http://www.prometric.com) is the
global leader in technology-enabled testing and assessment services for
academic, professional, government, corporate and information technology
markets.   Thomson Prometric delivers standardized tests for 300 clients, in
26 languages, over the Web or through a global network of testing centers in
134 countries. Based in Baltimore, Md., Thomson Prometric employs 3,000
employees worldwide. 

       Press contacts:
     Victoria Grantham, victoria_grantham@kaplan.com, 212-453-7571

 Adam Gaber, Adam.Gaber@Thomson.com, 203-539-8663

SOURCE  Kaplan; Thomson Prometric 
-0-                             08/10/2004 
/NOTE TO EDITORS:  Kaplan is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Washington
Post Company (NYSE: WPO)/ 
/CONTACT:  Victoria Grantham of Kaplan, +1-212-453-7571,
victoria_grantham@kaplan.com; or Adam Gaber of Thomson Prometric,
+1-203-539-8663, Adam.Gaber@Thomson.com/ 

    /Web site:  http://www.kaplan.com
                http://www.prometric.com /

CO:  Kaplan; Thomson Prometric
ST:  New York, Maryland
-0- Aug/10/2004 12:03 GMT
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