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Prometric Wins Exclusive Multimillion Dollar Contract with Saudi Commission for Health Specialties.

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia & DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Prometric, the world's leading provider of technology-enabled testing and assessment services, today announced that the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCHS) has signed an exclusive, long term, multimillion dollar renewal with Prometric for global exam delivery. It has also signed an additional new contract for test development and delivery services for new exams.

Collaborating with Prometric as its test services partner, SCHS will completely eliminate its paper and pencil exams, including those in Arabic, from its testing operation and will convert all of its exams to a computer-based format. Computerizing its examinations will make English medical examinations widely accessible across the Kingdom and will ensure availability to thousands of potential test takers. In addition, SCHS will work with Prometric to introduce its pre-assessment communications tests over Prometric's Internet based testing platform. Using iBT, the network of locations throughout the Kingdom where these exams will be available will grow substantially.

The SCHS has helped to establish modern, state-of-the-art healthcare institutions and has paved the path for physicians to pursue additional training in different medical specialties. The SCHS is also tasked with formulating proper standards and criteria for practicing and developing the health professions.

"Our goal is to attract the best and brightest to our program, positioning the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the forefront of the medical profession in the Middle East," said Professor Hussein Alfreihi, Secretary General of the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties. "Prometric Dubai has been a strong, dependable and trusted partner throughout our relationship, and we knew we would be in the best hands by maintaining our partnership with them."

David Grinham, Prometric's Vice President and General Manager, Europe and Middle East, stated, "We are elated that we are able to continue our work with the Saudi Commission, whose reputation for setting the bar high has very successfully positioned the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as a leader in producing medical talent. Relying on Prometric to develop a brand new exam, and to enhance its existing ones, is truly representative of the confidence they have in our ability to help them advance their brand, program and standards in Saudi Arabia and around the world."

About Prometric

Prometric, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ETS, is the recognized global leader in technology-enabled testing and assessment services. 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 seven 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
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