Bridges Transitions Inc.

Bridges Transitions Inc.

September 13, 2005 09:00 ET

Bridges Signs State-Wide SAT Test Preparation Agreement in Florida

KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 13, 2005) - Bridges Transitions Inc. ("Bridges" or "the Company") (TSX:BIT), a leading provider of career and educational planning solutions, announced today that it has signed an agreement with the Florida Department of Education ("Florida DOE") and Wachovia Education Finance ("Wachovia") to provide every public high school with access to testGEAR™ for SAT®. The Florida DOE currently provides all high schools and middle schools with Choices Planner and Choices CD and 150 middle schools with Career Futures.

Bridges' testGEAR™ products assist students in improving test scores on U.S. college entrance exams such as the SAT®, PSAT, ACT™ and High School State Exit Exams. testGEAR test prep provides every student the same advantage -- to be extremely prepared and demonstrate their true potential as they ready themselves for their post secondary educational experience. testGEAR online test prep courses offer students a personalized study plan based on a brief diagnostic test that strengthens content skills, introduces test-taking strategies and builds confidence with many short practice tests and full-length exams.

"Through a combination of public and private funding of testGEAR for SAT, we are able to provide tremendous value to college-bound high school students in Florida and the educators serving them," said John Simmons, Chief Executive Officer at Bridges. "We are delighted to have been chosen by the Florida Department of Education as the provider of this key component for SAT test preparation success. At the same time, we are excited about partnering with Wachovia -- one of the most respected names in the financial services industry -- to deliver this service."

"Wachovia's involvement in this program illustrates our commitment to higher education in Florida," said Doris Grose, President of Wachovia Education Finance. "By sponsoring this test preparation initiative in Florida, we will provide teachers, counsellors, students and parents with excellent tools to prepare students to enter college."

Zelda Rogers, of the Florida Department of Education, said: "We've been using Choices in Florida for the last 26 years. The college and career planning resources provided by Bridges are critical to helping students prepare adequately for their future beyond high school. With the addition of testGEAR for SAT we now have a complete, first class suite of college and career preparation products available to all students. Nearly 600 public high schools and combined schools throughout Florida will have access to testGEAR for SAT. Students can also access testGEAR through the FLDOE website from any web-enabled computer 24/7. We are excited about this launch and look forward to seeing a positive impact on SAT test results."

About Wachovia Education Finance

Established in 1984 as "Educaid", Wachovia Education Finance is the 4th largest holder and 6th largest originator of education loans in the United States, and does business with over 4,000 schools in all 50 states and in U.S. territories. In addition to the corporate office in Rancho Cordova, California, the company also has regional offices in Florida, Texas, Ohio and Delaware. More information can be obtained by visiting

About Wachovia

Wachovia Corporation is a diversified financial services company that provides a broad range of banking, asset management, wealth management, and corporate and investment banking products and services. With over 95,000 employees, we are able to serve banking, brokerage, and corporate customers primarily on the East Coast, as well as through investment banking offices in selected locations. We also have full-service retail brokerage offices that serve customers under the Wachovia Securities name in 49 states and Washington, D.C. Global services are provided through 33 international offices.

About Bridges

Bridges is the leading provider of software-based and online education planning, career exploration, and high school/college test prep resources designed to help students achieve education and career success. Over 14,000 schools and other agencies across the U.S. and Canada use Bridges' products and services. Bridges serves the needs of more than one million annually graduating high school students seeking educational or career planning assistance. For more information, visit The Company is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol: BIT.

testGEAR is a trademark of Bridges Transitions Inc. SAT is a registered trademark of the College Examination Board. ACT is a trademark of ACT, Inc.

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