Prometric

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Prometric
Subsidiary
Founded 1990
Headquarters Baltimore
Parent Educational Testing Service
Website Prometric

Prometric is a U.S. company in the test administration industry. Prometric operates a test center network composed of thousands of sites in 160 countries. Many examinations are administered at Prometric sites including those from NMLS, the European Personnel Selection Office, the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), USMLE, the Diplomate of National Board-Common Entrance Test of National Board of Examinations, the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination, Architect Registration Examination, the USPTO registration examination, and American Petroleum Institute. Prometric's corporate headquarters are located in Canton (Baltimore, Maryland) in the United States.

History[edit]

Prometric's computerized testing centers were originally founded by Drake International in 1990 under the name Drake Prometric.[1] In 1995, Drake Prometric L.P. was sold to Sylvan Learning in a cash and stock deal worth approximately $44.5 million.[2] The acquired business was renamed Sylvan Prometric, then sold to Thomson Corporation in 2000.[3] The Thomson Corporation announced its desire to sell Prometric in the fall of 2006, and Educational Testing Service announced its plans to acquire it.[4] On Monday, October 15, 2007, Educational Testing Service (ETS) closed its acquisition of Prometric from the Thomson Corporation.[5] Prometric is currently a wholly owned, independently operated subsidiary of ETS, allowing ETS to maintain non-profit status.

Business[edit]

Prometric sells a range of services, including test development, test delivery, and data management capabilities. Prometric delivers and administers tests to approximately 500 clients in the academic, professional, government, corporate and information technology markets. While there are 3000 Prometric test centers across the world,[6] including every U.S. state and territory (except Wake Island), whether a particular test can be taken outside the U.S. depends on the testing provider. For example, despite the fact that Prometric test centers exist worldwide, some exams are only offered in the country where the client program exists. The locations where a test is offered, as well as specific testing procedures for the day of the exam, are dictated by the client.

Controversy[edit]

In 2009, the company was involved in a controversy due to widespread technical problems on one of India's MBA entrance exams, the Common Admission Test.[7] While Prometric claims that the problems were due to common viruses,[8] this claim was disputed since these tests were not internet-based and were rather offered on local area networks within India, where the virus was not extant.[9] Due to this controversy, Prometric allowed 8000 students to reappear for the examination.[10] CAT 2012 saw scorecards of 80 tampered with. After declaration of CAT 2013 results, controversy broke over the scoring and normalisation processes because around 95,000 candidates had scored zero or negative.[11] In 2014, Prometric lost the bid for conducting it second time to an Indian tech firm.[12]

Prometric has failed to conduct the NBE Entrance exams for PG Medical courses in India for 2015 properly by cancelling the Exam for Day 1 and Day 2 at certain centres due to technical glitches[13] causing mental agony to students. NBE which approved Prometric for conducting entrance exams has been slammed by medicos across India for the technical glitches [14] and cost of conducting exams ever since they joined hands. Some were unable to complete the test and were asked to reschedule the test another session due to server failure.

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