Bridges Transitions Inc.

Bridges Transitions Inc.

October 19, 2005 09:30 ET

Bridges testGEAR Wins Prestigious Award of Excellence

KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 19, 2005) - Bridges Transitions Inc. (TSX:BIT) is pleased to announce that its test prep product - testGEAR - has been awarded a "2005 Award of Excellence" from Technology & Learning Magazine. Technology & Learning's annual Award of Excellence identified testGEAR as the best Testing and Test Prep product of the year, as chosen by a diverse selection of experienced educator-judges. Both testGEAR and Bridges will be acknowledged in the December edition of the magazine, along with detailed descriptions and judges' comments.

Technology & Learning Magazine ( has a readership of over 90,000 subscribers. For 23 years, Technology & Learning Magazine has been holding this prestigious awards recognition program. This year's winners in 45 categories were chosen by more than 30 educator-judges who test-drove the entries, logging in many hours in computer labs at San Francisco Bay Area schools.

"This is the third award that testGEAR has won," says John Simmons, Chief Executive Officer of Bridges. "Both Bridges and our customers realize the value of testGEAR as we see how the program helps students achieve higher test scores on a daily basis. We're pleased that testGEAR is also receiving accolades from an industry leader such as Technology & Learning Magazine, the number one publication in the K-12 educational technology market."

Introduced by Bridges in 2003, testGEAR is currently available to three million students at over 1,460 sites across the United States. Students use testGEAR to help them prepare for both exit exams and college entrance exams.

"I love testGEAR..." says Laura Hogg, Success Center Manager for Bloomingdale High School in Florida. "I think that testGEAR not only helps students with their (test) scores, but it also helps improve their scores for all of their classes."

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 adequately prepare themselves and demonstrate their true potential as they prepare 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.

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 North America 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.

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