SOURCE: Prometric


November 22, 2010 08:30 ET

American College of Radiology Chooses Prometric to Launch Computerized Diagnostic Radiology In-Training Exam

BALTIMORE, MD--(Marketwire - November 22, 2010) - Prometric, the leading provider of testing and assessment services, today announced that it has signed an exclusive long term contract with the American College of Radiology to convert its paper and pencil Diagnostic Radiology In-Training exam (DXIT™) to computer based format for the first time in the exam's history. Prometric will also manage the final paper based administration for the College, which will occur in February 2011.

Beginning in 2012, physicians in residency training programs served by the American College of Radiology will be able to take the Diagnostic Radiology In-Training exam on a computer at any of Prometric's hundreds of secure test centers across North America. The computerized test will also be available at select non-U.S. locations. In addition to the increased exam accessibility, computerized delivery will enable candidates to use convenient online registration and their residency programs will receive their scores much more quickly than with the paper based version.

"As a leading test services provider our goal is to work with each client to design a test program that matches their unique needs and requirements," said Bill Murtagh, senior vice president, sales and client services at Prometric. "The logistical details surrounding paper based exams, such as exam publishing, printing, shipping, scanning, scoring or security, are more manually laborious, and can add time to the overall test process. It also requires a longer turnaround to produce scores, which the residency programs are obviously anxious to get. Offering the test in a modern computerized format will create efficiencies throughout the entire test lifecycle, speeding up the entire process and making it more manageable for the College."

"Historically, the paper and pencil version of the Diagnostic Radiology In-Training Exam has been offered to candidates once per year," said Ronald Freedman, assistant executive director, education, marketing, and business development at the American College of Radiology. "Computerizing the test allows us to better leverage technology to enhance security, widen the window of time during which it is available, facilitate easy access for our residents and get the residency programs their scores more quickly."

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 nine million tests a year on behalf of approximately 400 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

About the American College of Radiology

The 34,000 members of the American College of Radiology include radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists, interventional radiologists and nuclear medicine physicians. For over three quarters of a century, the ACR has devoted its resources to making imaging safe, effective and accessible to those who need it.

The mission of the ACR is to serve patients and society by maximizing the value of radiology, radiation oncology, interventional radiology, nuclear medicine and medical physics by advancing the science of radiology, improving the quality of patient care, positively influencing the socio-economics of the practice of radiology, providing continuing education for radiology and allied health professions and conducting research for the future of radiology.

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