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SUBJECT: Testing centre opens on Memorial’s St. John’s campus; MCAT, GMAT and GRE among major academic/admission tests now available in province
DATE: March 16, 2007

Score it a victory against that seemingly unavoidable fate of having to “go away”.
 With the opening last week of a Thomson Prometric testing centre on the St. John’s campus of Memorial University, residents of the province will no longer have to travel out of province to access important academic and admission exams such as the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) and the Project Management Institute (PMI).
 The new testing centre is located in room FM-1007 of the Facilities Management Building. Administrative support for the centre is provided by Memorial’s Division of Lifelong Learning.
 Thomson Prometric is a premier provider of paper-and-pencil, Internet and computer-based testing solutions. It develops and/or delivers assessments through a global network of testing centres in more than 130 countries around the world.
 Thomson Prometric’s presence on campus means that residents of the province interested in writing such academic/admission tests as the MCAT, GRE or TOEFL-iBT can do so without having to assume the additional expense of leaving the province.

“I'm very glad that Prometric has entered into a test-delivery partnership with Memorial University. No longer will Newfoundland and Labrador testing candidates need to travel outside of the province to write exams like the MCAT, PMI, USMLE and others,” said Jeremy Baker, Thomson Prometric’s operations manager for Canada.

The opening of the Thomson Prometric centre coincides with the return to the university of the online testing service for the Graduate Management Apptitude Test (GMAT), the leading graduate school admission assessment.
 “We just recently signed an agreement with Pearson VUE, another online testing service, for provision of the GMAT,” said Doreen Whalen, Lifelong Learning’s director. “With Thomson Prometric and Pearson VUE, we have just about every important academic/admission online assessment covered.”
 The Thomson Prometric centre also provides local access to a comprehensive list of certification and licensure exams sponsored by corporations, government agencies and professional associations, although Ms. Whalen is quick to point out that not all exams/assessments brokered by Thompson Prometric are available in every centre. She notes the division is now working on getting access to testing services for certifications relevant to the information technology industry.
People interested in finding out more about the testing services can call (709) 739-9866 or visit the division’s website at www.mun.ca/lifelonglearning (click on “Testing Services”).

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