Prometric Thomson Learning Recognized as Technological Leader; Computerworld Honors Innovative Computer-Based Testing Program

Apr 12, 2001, 01:00 ET from Prometric Thomson Learning

    LAS VEGAS, April 12 /PRNewswire/ Special for Results 2001 -- Prometric
 Thomson Learning gains international acclaim as a leader in technological
 innovation through the Computerworld Honors Program.  The computerization of
 the driver's theory test offered by the Driving Standards Agency of Great
 Britain (DSA) is the program that garnered the honor.  The test is
 administered throughout the United Kingdom to all who wish to secure a
 driver's license.  Only those who pass the theory test are eligible to
 register for the practical test.
     The recognition was announced at Computerworld's International Archives
 ceremony on April 8, in San Francisco, CA.  The Laureates Case Study on the
 DSA is now part of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History's
 Permanent Research Collection.
     The driver theory test was previously operated as a paper and pencil test.
 Test candidates had to wait weeks for results or pay an additional fee to
 obtain a same-day report.  In addition, special needs were addressed on a
 case-by-case basis.  The new system changes all of that, providing a platform
 for more sophisticated tests that meet the wide-ranging needs of test
 candidates and administrators.
     The application of user-friendly technologies enhances the test
 experience, customer service capabilities, and turn-around time.
 
     -- Touch Screen Technology - promotes intuitive use - no candidate
     training is required, other than an introductory screen.
 
     -- Audio Feature - Allows test candidates to hear questions via a headset.
     The candidate only has to touch an on-screen question and answer option to
     hear a repeat of the question.  This is particularly helpful if the test
     candidate has reading difficulties or cannot read English and needs
     translations.  Tests are available on screen in English; however, 16
     spoken languages (from Albanian to Welsh) are available.
 
     -- Video Presentation - Allows hearing impaired users to see and read
     questions and to make use of on-screen sign language.
 
     -- Test candidates and administrators have much greater flexibility within
     the environment.
       -- early or late arrivers can be accommodated,
       -- results are provided to the test candidate immediately,
       -- test candidates who fail the test receive a critique of topics
     requiring further study,
       -- test candidates with special needs can be provided with a testing
     experience almost identical to that of a standard test.
 
     To date, nearly 1.5 million people have taken the computer-based test, a
 service that was launched in January 2000.
     Nominations for the Computerworld Honors Award are made by the
 100 Chairmen and CEOs of the world's leading Information Technology companies.
 These leaders nominate information technology applications that are, in their
 view, the year's very best examples of technological innovation with the
 greatest positive impact on society.
 
 

SOURCE Prometric Thomson Learning
    LAS VEGAS, April 12 /PRNewswire/ Special for Results 2001 -- Prometric
 Thomson Learning gains international acclaim as a leader in technological
 innovation through the Computerworld Honors Program.  The computerization of
 the driver's theory test offered by the Driving Standards Agency of Great
 Britain (DSA) is the program that garnered the honor.  The test is
 administered throughout the United Kingdom to all who wish to secure a
 driver's license.  Only those who pass the theory test are eligible to
 register for the practical test.
     The recognition was announced at Computerworld's International Archives
 ceremony on April 8, in San Francisco, CA.  The Laureates Case Study on the
 DSA is now part of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History's
 Permanent Research Collection.
     The driver theory test was previously operated as a paper and pencil test.
 Test candidates had to wait weeks for results or pay an additional fee to
 obtain a same-day report.  In addition, special needs were addressed on a
 case-by-case basis.  The new system changes all of that, providing a platform
 for more sophisticated tests that meet the wide-ranging needs of test
 candidates and administrators.
     The application of user-friendly technologies enhances the test
 experience, customer service capabilities, and turn-around time.
 
     -- Touch Screen Technology - promotes intuitive use - no candidate
     training is required, other than an introductory screen.
 
     -- Audio Feature - Allows test candidates to hear questions via a headset.
     The candidate only has to touch an on-screen question and answer option to
     hear a repeat of the question.  This is particularly helpful if the test
     candidate has reading difficulties or cannot read English and needs
     translations.  Tests are available on screen in English; however, 16
     spoken languages (from Albanian to Welsh) are available.
 
     -- Video Presentation - Allows hearing impaired users to see and read
     questions and to make use of on-screen sign language.
 
     -- Test candidates and administrators have much greater flexibility within
     the environment.
       -- early or late arrivers can be accommodated,
       -- results are provided to the test candidate immediately,
       -- test candidates who fail the test receive a critique of topics
     requiring further study,
       -- test candidates with special needs can be provided with a testing
     experience almost identical to that of a standard test.
 
     To date, nearly 1.5 million people have taken the computer-based test, a
 service that was launched in January 2000.
     Nominations for the Computerworld Honors Award are made by the
 100 Chairmen and CEOs of the world's leading Information Technology companies.
 These leaders nominate information technology applications that are, in their
 view, the year's very best examples of technological innovation with the
 greatest positive impact on society.
 
 SOURCE  Prometric Thomson Learning