Company history

  • 1994: Clarke Porter, Steve Nordberg and Kirk Lundeen, pioneers in the electronic testing industry, set out to create a world-class training services company that would help the IT industry better serve its learners. Virtual University Enterprises (VUE) launches to connect people with authorized certification training.

  • 1995: European call center established under the name VUE Europe BV, in Woerden, Netherlands. • Sydney, Australia office opens to provide local support and expertise.

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    1996: VUE launches its first presence on the World Wide Web.

  • 1997: NCS acquires VUE to spearhead its entry into electronic testing. • NCS-VUE pioneers advanced test administration technology and begins delivering computer-based tests for IT customers through a global, authorized test center network.

  • 2000: Pearson plc. acquires NCS-VUE. The new company, NCS Pearson, joins a prestigious family of businesses that include Penguin Publishing, Pearson Education and the Financial Times • NCS Pearson opens an office in Tokyo, Japan.

  • 2001: NCS Pearson acquires Goal Designs, a Massachusetts-based software and consulting firm with expertise in professional certification management and the developers of CERTS, a leading item banking tool.

  • 2002: State-of-the-industry, owned and operated Pearson Professional Centers open, establishing the gold standard in computer-based-testing and marking the company’s entrance into delivering exams for health care, financial and other customers in the professional market.

  • 2003: Company’s official name becomes Pearson VUE. • Pearson VUE receives patent for unique security design of Pearson Professional Centers. • The New Delhi, India, office opens expanding our presence and local support into India.

  • 2004: UK-based call center begins operations.

  • 2005: European office moves to London.

  • 2006: Pearson VUE acquires Promissor, a leading provider of knowledge measurement services with a focus on professional assessments in the real estate, insurance, mortgage lending, contracting, employment and health care industries. The acquisition launches Pearson VUE into the regulatory market. • Agreement signed with DANTES to locate Pearson VUE® Authorized Test Centers on American military installations. • Launch of Pearson VUE Authorized® Test Center-Selects, providing clients increased security and additional global reach.

  • 2008: Enhanced Security Protocols, including digital photo and signature capture launched in all Pearson VUE® Authorized Test Centers • Palm vein recognition technology implemented in Pearson Professional Centers as part of Pearson VUE’s Secure Testing Framework™.

  • 2009: Introduction of the multi-modal Integrated Platform, a solution that integrates multiple test delivery platforms with one registration system and one set of results for each candidate.

  • 2010: Pearson VUE acquires Integral7, a leading credential management software provider, adding best-in-class client and candidate tools to the company’s portfolio. • Launch of mindhub™, the certification preparation marketplace that provides study guides, practice tests and other learning materials to candidates globally. • India-based call center begins operations. • Pearson VUE named one of Minnesota’s Best Places to Work.

  • 2011: Pearson VUE partners with the American Council on Education to create a new public-private partnership for GED Testing Service that drives the future direction, design and delivery of the GED® Test. Nearly 800,000 GED® tests are taken that year.

  • 2012: Launch of PTE Professional, the English for Professionals Exam, accurately and efficiently assesses a candidate’s ability to apply comprehensive English communication skills in a professional setting. • Pearson VUE acquires Certiport, the leading provider of foundational-level exams and practice test solutions. Thousands of Certiport test centers deliver exams for Microsoft, HP, Adobe and other IT leaders.

  • 2013: Pearson VUE acquires Exam Design and adds a best-in-class authoring tool to the company’s existing item development expertise. ExamDeveloper™ allows complete collaboration with other content writers and then manages content throughout the exam development cycle.

  • 2014: Launch of mindhub pro, the training and learning marketplace developed exclusively for Pearson VUE Authorized® Test Centers. • Launch of online proctored exam delivery. • Pearson VUE launches Acclaim, a new enterprise badging solution that offers a new way to issue, verify and share digital credentials.

  • GED Testing Services partners with Walmart, KFC, Taco Bell and Southeastern Grocers to launch GEDWorks, a comprehensive program for employees who want to earn their GED credential.

  • Pearson VUE launches a new brand!

  • Pearson VUE commits to build 34 and expand 22 Pearson Professional Centers, increasing testing capacity by 25%.

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