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Officials to host Prometric Testing Center grand opening

Monday, 02 March 2009

Officials with the University of Maine at Presque Isle and Prometric will host an official opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Prometric Testing Center that has been established on campus at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 10 on the main floor of South Hall.

The new testing center will provide University students and community members with a convenient location for taking important computer-based exams, such as the GRE, Praxis and MCAT. Before this center was established, area students and residents had to drive south for more than 150 miles in order to take such tests. Officials will be on hand at the opening event to take registrations and schedule testing times.

"We are so pleased to be joining with Prometric in officially opening this testing center for the people of northern Maine, western New Brunswick and surrounding areas," President Don Zillman said. "We feel this is going to be a major benefit not only to our students who are required to take certain tests in order to become certified as teachers or to be admitted to graduate programs, but also the many community members who currently have to drive long distances to take important computer-based academic and licensure exams."

Zillman will be joined by other University officials, representatives from Prometric, and members of the business community to celebrate the grand opening of the testing facility.

The University signed a contract last year with the leading global provider in testing services to open a 5-seat testing site, which will be located on the ground floor of South Hall. Renovation work was completed during the fall and winter and the space has been outfitted with computer stations and other necessary testing equipment. Starting March 10 after the opening, the Prometric Testing Center will be operational in terms of offering tests, examinations, continuing education, practical exams, and assessments on a scheduled basis.

Prometric, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ETS, is the recognized global leader in technology-enabled testing and assessment services and the winner of CLO Magazine's Learning in Practice 2007 Customer Service Award. Its comprehensive suite of services, including test development, test delivery and data management capabilities, allows clients to develop and launch global testing programs as well as accurately measure program results and data. Prometric reliably delivers and administers more than nine million tests a year on behalf of 450 clients in the academic, professional, healthcare, government, corporate and information technology markets. It delivers tests flexibly via the Web or by utilizing a robust network of more than 10,000 test centers in 163 countries. For more information, please visit www.prometric.com.

The public is invited to attend this official opening to learn more about the tests offered through the Prometric Testing Center or to register for a test. For more information on testing services offered at the site, call 768-9589.