TestOut Corporation Partners With Course Technology To Provide Robust Learning Solutions

Agreement Pairs Business and Technology Instruction With Experience-Based

Training in a Convenient, Bundled Package for PCS at Home or at School



Apr 16, 2001, 01:00 ET from TestOut Corporation

    BOSTON, and PLEASANT GROVE, Utah, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- TestOut
 Corporation, a developer of experienced-based training and simulation
 products, announced today a definitive agreement with Course Technology, a
 division of Thomson Learning and the worldwide leader in computer education
 publishing to license its flagship LabSim(TM) simulation training product for
 packaging with Course Technology's courseware.
     Under the agreement, Course Technology will package TestOut's LabSim
 simulation product on CD with its Microsoft(R) Certified Systems Engineer
 (MCSE) certification preparation textbooks.  This bundled offering provides a
 student with textbook instruction coupled with an interactive, multimedia
 simulation training environment that allows repeated practice and application
 of learning concepts for new skill mastery.  LabSim can be loaded on any
 computer so that learning can take place where and when it's convenient for
 the student.
     "Course Technology has strong brand recognition and a pervasive presence
 in the academic markets," said Noel Vallejo, president of TestOut.  "The
 market penetration that Course Technology has achieved will help us fulfill
 our mission of helping students learn and master skills through experienced-
 based training.  This relationship also benefits both companies by providing a
 new stream of revenue that can facilitate continued development of training
 materials and cutting edge simulations."
     LabSim provides a valuable experienced-based training component via a
 hands-on, interactive learning environment.  LabSim precisely simulates or
 replicates the real-world software and hardware environments in which students
 are required to perform various business or technical tasks.
     LabSim features:
     *  Installs from a CD onto any PC
     *  Simulates actual systems and networks
     *  Delivers feedback at the conclusion of each simulation exercise
        alerting the user to what was completed correctly and what was not
     *  Provides a tool that delivers the training and skill mastery only
        experience can teach
 
     "We are pleased to be partnering with TestOut," said Joe Dougherty,
 president and CEO, Course Technology.  "This new joint offering continues our
 vision of publishing the most up-to-date business and technology course
 materials and providing software solutions, through LabSim, that assist
 students in gaining the hands-on experience that is critical for solving real-
 world problems."
     Course Technology courseware packaged with LabSim is available for MCSE
 Guide to Windows 2000 Professional, MCSE Guide to Windows 2000 Server, MCSE
 Guide to Windows 2000 Active Directory, and MCSE Guide to Windows 2000
 Networking.  Each Course Technology title and LabSim directly correlates with
 the MCSE certification exam objectives.
     Courseware bundled with the LabSim CD are available now.  For purchase
 information or inquires, contact David Blakely at dblakely@testout.com or at
 (801) 785-7900.  Academic instructors interested in review copies of Course
 Technology textbooks and LabSim products should contact Toby Shelton a
 Toby.Shelton@course.com .
 
     About Course Technology
     Course Technology (www.course.com ), is the worldwide leader in computing
 education, offering more than 1,600 print and innovative technology-based
 products for business and technology training courses.  Course Technology is a
 division of Thomson Learning (www.thomsonlearning.com ), one of the world's
 leading providers of lifelong learning information.  Thomson Learning serves
 the needs of individuals, learning institutions and corporations with products
 and services for both traditional and distributed learning.  Headquartered in
 Stamford, Connecticut, with multiple offices worldwide, Thomson Learning is a
 division of The Thomson Corporation (www.thomson.com ) with 2000 revenues of
 approximately $6.0 billion, is a leading, global e-information and solutions
 company in the business and professional marketplace.  The Corporation's
 common shares are listed on the Toronto and London stock exchanges
 (Toronto: TOC).
 
     About TestOut Corporation
     Founded in 1991, TestOut Corporation www.testout.com is a pioneer in
 developing and applying multimedia technologies, applied simulation
 technologies, instructional animations, and technical graphic images into
 sophisticated learning and exam environments.  TestOut is a privately held
 corporation with headquarters in Pleasant Grove, Utah.  Its experienced-based
 training curriculum and LabSim(TM) and ExamSim(TM) simulation products are
 used by the academic, publishing, and IT certification vendors including
 Microsoft, Novell, Cisco and CompTIA.  TestOut's product line currently
 includes computer based training for Microsoft's 2000 MCSE; Novell's NetWare 5
 CNE; CompTIA's A+ and Network + certification and Cisco CCNA certification.
 
 

SOURCE TestOut Corporation
    BOSTON, and PLEASANT GROVE, Utah, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- TestOut
 Corporation, a developer of experienced-based training and simulation
 products, announced today a definitive agreement with Course Technology, a
 division of Thomson Learning and the worldwide leader in computer education
 publishing to license its flagship LabSim(TM) simulation training product for
 packaging with Course Technology's courseware.
     Under the agreement, Course Technology will package TestOut's LabSim
 simulation product on CD with its Microsoft(R) Certified Systems Engineer
 (MCSE) certification preparation textbooks.  This bundled offering provides a
 student with textbook instruction coupled with an interactive, multimedia
 simulation training environment that allows repeated practice and application
 of learning concepts for new skill mastery.  LabSim can be loaded on any
 computer so that learning can take place where and when it's convenient for
 the student.
     "Course Technology has strong brand recognition and a pervasive presence
 in the academic markets," said Noel Vallejo, president of TestOut.  "The
 market penetration that Course Technology has achieved will help us fulfill
 our mission of helping students learn and master skills through experienced-
 based training.  This relationship also benefits both companies by providing a
 new stream of revenue that can facilitate continued development of training
 materials and cutting edge simulations."
     LabSim provides a valuable experienced-based training component via a
 hands-on, interactive learning environment.  LabSim precisely simulates or
 replicates the real-world software and hardware environments in which students
 are required to perform various business or technical tasks.
     LabSim features:
     *  Installs from a CD onto any PC
     *  Simulates actual systems and networks
     *  Delivers feedback at the conclusion of each simulation exercise
        alerting the user to what was completed correctly and what was not
     *  Provides a tool that delivers the training and skill mastery only
        experience can teach
 
     "We are pleased to be partnering with TestOut," said Joe Dougherty,
 president and CEO, Course Technology.  "This new joint offering continues our
 vision of publishing the most up-to-date business and technology course
 materials and providing software solutions, through LabSim, that assist
 students in gaining the hands-on experience that is critical for solving real-
 world problems."
     Course Technology courseware packaged with LabSim is available for MCSE
 Guide to Windows 2000 Professional, MCSE Guide to Windows 2000 Server, MCSE
 Guide to Windows 2000 Active Directory, and MCSE Guide to Windows 2000
 Networking.  Each Course Technology title and LabSim directly correlates with
 the MCSE certification exam objectives.
     Courseware bundled with the LabSim CD are available now.  For purchase
 information or inquires, contact David Blakely at dblakely@testout.com or at
 (801) 785-7900.  Academic instructors interested in review copies of Course
 Technology textbooks and LabSim products should contact Toby Shelton a
 Toby.Shelton@course.com .
 
     About Course Technology
     Course Technology (www.course.com ), is the worldwide leader in computing
 education, offering more than 1,600 print and innovative technology-based
 products for business and technology training courses.  Course Technology is a
 division of Thomson Learning (www.thomsonlearning.com ), one of the world's
 leading providers of lifelong learning information.  Thomson Learning serves
 the needs of individuals, learning institutions and corporations with products
 and services for both traditional and distributed learning.  Headquartered in
 Stamford, Connecticut, with multiple offices worldwide, Thomson Learning is a
 division of The Thomson Corporation (www.thomson.com ) with 2000 revenues of
 approximately $6.0 billion, is a leading, global e-information and solutions
 company in the business and professional marketplace.  The Corporation's
 common shares are listed on the Toronto and London stock exchanges
 (Toronto: TOC).
 
     About TestOut Corporation
     Founded in 1991, TestOut Corporation www.testout.com is a pioneer in
 developing and applying multimedia technologies, applied simulation
 technologies, instructional animations, and technical graphic images into
 sophisticated learning and exam environments.  TestOut is a privately held
 corporation with headquarters in Pleasant Grove, Utah.  Its experienced-based
 training curriculum and LabSim(TM) and ExamSim(TM) simulation products are
 used by the academic, publishing, and IT certification vendors including
 Microsoft, Novell, Cisco and CompTIA.  TestOut's product line currently
 includes computer based training for Microsoft's 2000 MCSE; Novell's NetWare 5
 CNE; CompTIA's A+ and Network + certification and Cisco CCNA certification.
 
 SOURCE  TestOut Corporation