Pearson VUE Acquires Exam Design

                       Pearson VUE Acquires Exam Design

Integration of ExamDeveloper capabilities will further strengthen Pearson
VUE's leadership position within the high-stakes testing industry.

PR Newswire

BLOOMINGTON, Minn., March 6, 2013

BLOOMINGTON, Minn., March 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Pearson VUE, the assessment
services business of Pearson, today announced the acquisition of Exam Design
Inc, a leading provider of examination development software used in
high-stakes testing.

The purchase includes ownership of Exam Design's flagship product,
ExamDeveloper, a web-based suite of tools that helps users develop rigorous
and defensible assessments for credentialing purposes while reducing the
reliance on in-person meetings. These tools will allow Pearson VUE to more
fully serve its clients' current and future test development needs by
supporting every step in the process, including job analysis, item banking,
standard setting, and statistical analysis, with a flexible, user-friendly
solution. ExamDeveloper will also enhance Pearson VUE's test development
offering by streamlining such processes as remote item authoring, Automated
Test Assembly (ATA), version tracking, and QTI-based test publishing.

Pearson VUE has been working with Exam Design for over a year and currently
publishes exams created through ExamDeveloper for a variety of clients.
Because the company has been a proven and trusted technology partner, Pearson
VUE is confident the acquisition is a good fit from both a technological and
cultural perspective. Headquartered in North Carolina, the Exam Design
business and its employees will remain in their current locations, further
supporting a seamless acquisition.

"We're very enthusiastic about joining the Pearson VUE family of products and
services," said Scott Bublitz, Ph.D., founder of Exam Design. "By formally
integrating our exam development technology with Pearson VUE's comprehensive
suite of testing services, together we can offer credentialing organizations
an unparalleled solution that supports every facet of high-stakes testing.
Clients will enjoy a more streamlined and efficient process, from item
authoring through exam delivery."

Robert Whelan, CEO and President of Pearson VUE, said: "Exam Design brings to
Pearson VUE leading-edge test development technology that's built on
principles of psychometric integrity. Its expertise and services complement
our own and fit perfectly with our future plans. This acquisition underscores
our commitment to providing next-generation test development tools and
services that support and protect the value of our clients' credentials."

About Pearson VUE
Pearson VUE ( 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 more than
175 countries. Pearson VUE is a business of Pearson (NYSE: PSO; LSE: PSON),
the world's leading learning company.

About Exam Design
Exam Design ( creates software that organizations can use
to develop, maintain, and analyze high-stakes examinations. Exam Design
software is built by testing experts with years of experience designing
hundreds of examinations for associations, corporations and government
entities across the United States. Their flagship product, ExamDeveloper,
streamlines and enhances the test creation process while maintaining a high
degree of validity.


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