TAMIU Joins Pearson VUE Testing Network in 2004

TAMIU Joins Pearson VUE Testing Network

Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) will now be home to a cutting-edge Information Technology (IT) certification testing system that will provide computer-based administration of exams for certification programs such as Microsoft, Cisco Systems, CompTIA, IBM and others.

TAMIU has partnered with Pearson VUE, an electronic testing business of Pearson Education, to provide the IT certification test delivery using the Pearson VUE Testing System in the University's Testing and Computer Services Center.

Alejandro Martínez, director of testing and computer services said the partnership makes TAMIU part of a global network of quality test centers using the Pearson VUE testing system.

"This provides our region with a rare advantage of having a local testing center available. In the past, persons seeking certification would have to travel out of town to do so. Now that capability is here and is being provided by the industry leader in professional licensing and certification," Martínez said.

As an authorized Pearson VUE Testing Center, TAMIU will be authorized to deliver exams for the following testing clients: Adobe, Agilent Technologies, American College, Avaya Inc. Testing, BindView, BMC Software, Brocade Communications, Certifications International, Check Point Software Technologies and Cisco Systems, Inc.

Also CIA, CompTIA Testing Systems, Linux Professional Institute Testing, Lotus Testing, Macromedia, MatrixOne, Microsoft Business Solutions, MySQL, Novell, PRMIA, RSA Security, Security Certified Program, Siebel Systems, Siemens, Sun Microsystems - SAI Program, Telecommunications Industry Association, Tivoli Testing, VERITAS, VMware Inc. and Zend Technologies, Ltd.

Martínez said the partnership allows for same-day testing, quick results transmission and prompt updating of certification status.

"This capability has the potential to attract persons seeking certification testing from throughout the region. We're also attracting considerable interest from our neighbors in Mexico, who like having the testing center located nearby," he explained.

The opportunity to become part of the Pearson VUE Testing Network came about through a University collaborative between its Programs for Academic Support and Enrichment (PASE) and Computer Telecommunications Services (CTS), Martínez noted.

"We worked very closely in developing a proposal that maximizes our University technology and capabilities with the Pearson VUE Testing System," Martínez said.

Pearson VUE is the electronic business of Pearson Education. With operation centers in the U.S., Netherlands, Australia, Japan, India and China, Pearson VUE provides a variety of services to professional licensing and certification markets. It currently serves 130 countries, with more than 3,300 Pearson VUE Authorized Centers in its expanding network.

Information on Pearson VUE is available at www.pearsonvue.com

For additional information on available tests and costs, please contact Martínez at 326.2131 or e-mail amartinezjr@tamiu.edu. University office hours are from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Journalists who need additional information or help with media requests and interviews should contact the Office of Public Affairs and Information Services at pais@tamiu.edu