BALTIMORE, MD--(Marketwire - Dec 5, 2012) - Prometric, the trusted provider of market-leading test development and delivery solutions, today announced the successful conclusion of a two-month testing window that saw over 300,000 candidates completing admissions tests for gaining entry into postgraduate programs in India.
With over 20 years of experience in helping organizations around the world create and deliver exams that accurately measure the skills, knowledge and abilities of students and working professionals alike, Prometric was selected by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and National Board of Examinations (NBE) to reliably administer a series of business and medical postgraduate admissions tests including the Common Admission Test (CAT) and National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for Postgraduates (NEET-PG).
The need to accommodate such a large number of candidates within a short period of time without compromising the integrity of the testing process led Prometric to identify and set up temporary test centers across multiple cities, for the duration of the testing window.
While the majority of these were academic colleges which were selected based on strict site infrastructure and technical requirements, Prometric also utilized its state-of-the-art testing facilities in Gurgaon and Hyderabad for the administration of these highly critical assessments.
From installing biometric devices and software to cameras for monitoring and recording candidate behavior and training and certifying thousands of test center staff, Prometric enforced stringent security policies and procedures that serve to protect the integrity of each testing program.
"Prometric has been following these established global best practices of computer-based testing for decades, and we are committed to protecting the experience of genuine candidates and ensuring that nobody has an unfair advantage," said Michael Brannick, President and CEO of Prometric. "Our ID Management Solutions help safeguard against fraudulent test-takers by allowing us to verify the identities of individuals and identify those who had previously taken a test with us. In the case of IIM's and NBE's exams, where candidates are only allowed to test once within each testing window, this is an essential tool in ensuring that any attempts at dishonest behavior can be dealt with appropriately by the respective test sponsor."
Similar to academic exams Prometric conducts year-round through its secure network of approximately 8,000 test centers in more than 160 countries, each of these recently concluded admissions tests in India was delivered with levels of quality and security that are equivalent to global standards.
"Working with temporary test centers and public infrastructure meant that we had to be extremely diligent in resolving any operational and technical issues as they surface during the test, in order to ensure every single candidate gets the opportunity to test within the fixed window," said Soumitra Roy, Managing Director, Prometric India. "We are pleased that all eligible candidates who showed up on time were able to complete their tests."
Prometric, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ETS, is a trusted provider of technology-enabled testing and assessment. As the global standard in professional competency measurement, Prometric reliably delivers 10 million tests per year on behalf of 400 clients in the academic, financial, government, healthcare, professional, corporate and information technology markets. Through innovation, workflow automation and standardization, Prometric achieves customer-inspired advances that are better, faster and at less cost for its clients, helping to put the right people in the right jobs at the right time. Prometric delivers tests flexibly via the Web or by utilizing a robust network of more than 8,000 test centers in more than 160 countries. For more information, please visit www.prometric.com.