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HAAD and Pearson launch online Testing for Health Professionals

posted on 23/03/2009: 817 views


The Health Authority-Abu Dhabi (HAAD) has signed an exclusive 5-year contract with Pearson VUE to provide computer-based testing for the Health Professionals Licensure Examinations.

H.E. Dr Ahmed Al Mazrouei, Chairman of HAAD said, "This is a part of our plan to pursue and achieve excellence in all aspects of healthcare, as we move towards transparency and accessibility."

"Computer-based testing is the first choice for most international high-stake licensure exams. The applicants will be able to register, schedule and sit for the exams in their home countries. The Registered Nurse examination has been the first specialty to be tested, to be followed by 15 other healthcare professional specialties," Dr. Al Mazrouei added.

HAAD has chosen to partner with Pearson VUE to deliver tests in HAAD and international test centres in India, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Philippines, part of Pearson VUE's established global network of testing centres from where these tests can be delivered in a secure and independently invigilated environment.

The Pearson VUE already leads the way in helping organisations develop and deliver their computer based tests, delivering some 4 million high-stakes tests worldwide each year.

The first specialty taking advantage of HAAD computerised testing program is the Registered Nurse followed by Physicians, Dentists, Pharmacists and Clinical Support specialties in a phased approach. The first exam was launched in January 2009 at HAAD Test Centre in Abu Dhabi. HAAD will be using CERTS, the Pearson VUE's well-known software to develop, review and analyse test results.

For HAAD candidates, there are a number of key benefits to taking the testing with Pearson VUE, including giving the candidates increased accessibility and reach. They will be able to take their exams in multiple countries. Testing will be done on demand when a candidate feels he/she is ready to take the test and will not be constrained by availability of date or seat.

Suzana Lopes, EMEA Vice President Sales and Marketing said "This contract is particularly important for Pearson VUE as it will be setting the stage for our Middle East expansion. We are proud to have been selected to support HAAD in their mission to define high standards for health service providers and health professionals through a new secure testing regime". – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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