Prometric Awarded Multi-year Contract By IRS to Support Return Preparer Testing and Fingerprinting Programs

By Prometric, PRNE
Monday, May 30, 2011

BALTIMORE, Maryland, May 31, 2011 -

Prometric, trusted provider of market-leading test development and
delivery solutions, has been awarded a five-year contract to administer the
new competency examination and fingerprinting program for certain paid tax
return preparers by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), an agency of the U.S.
Treasury Department.

Under the award, the company is responsible for administering and
delivering a new competency examination. Prometric also will be responsible
for test development support which includes conducting job analyses using
subject matter experts (SMEs) from both the IRS and preparer community to
ascertain the capabilities and necessary knowledge for return preparers.

"Prometric is uniquely qualified to deliver a comprehensive solution to
help the IRS achieve its objectives," said Michael Brannick, president and
chief executive officer of Prometric. "We are proud to bring our successful
track record and extensive experience with government and private sector
programs for the larger tax preparer community to bear on this important
endeavor. We look forward to deepening our partnership with the IRS."

The IRS will require paid federal tax return preparers to satisfy certain
competency standards going forward, and preparers must pass the competency
exam to officially become a registered tax return preparer later in 2011. It
is estimated that approximately 500,000 candidates from around the world will
be tested over the five-year period.

About Prometric

Prometric, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ETS, is a trusted provider of
technology-enabled testing and assessment. Its market-leading test
development and delivery solutions allow clients to develop and launch global
testing programs as well as accurately measure program results and data.
Prometric reliably delivers and administers more than 10 million tests a year
on behalf of approximately 400 clients in the academic, financial,
government, healthcare, professional, corporate and information technology
markets. It delivers tests flexibly via the Web or by utilizing a robust
network of more than 10,000 test centers in more than 160 countries. For more
information, please visit

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