ETS and Thomson Prometric Launch International Online Registration For Computer-Based TOEFL and GRE General Tests

PRINCETON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 10, 2004--In an effort to increase access and improve service to international students, Educational Testing Service(R) (ETS) is now offering online registration for the computer-based Test of English as a Foreign Language(R) (TOEFL) and Graduate Record Examinations(R) (GRE) General Tests.

The online registration process is designed and operated by Thomson Prometric(R), the company that ETS uses for its worldwide computer-based testing. The service began last month and provides a quick and easy way for international students to register for the computer-based TOEFL and GRE General Tests. Online registration for U.S. and Canadian students taking these exams is anticipated to be available in June.

The TOEFL and GRE online registration sites offer test takers a drop-down list of countries. User-friendly menus help test takers quickly identify the test center location of their choice.

Test takers can schedule, reschedule or cancel a test as well as view and print a confirmation with all their appointment details. Instructions are provided in English, Korean, French, German, Spanish and Chinese. In Japan and Korea, Thomson Prometric offers online registration in Japanese and Korean. A credit card (VISA, MasterCard, or American Express) is required to register. Once the registration is submitted, a confirmation page with a session ID is displayed confirming ETS received the registration.

"With computer use and availability so widespread around the world, moving to online registration was the next logical step in our efforts to increase access and improve service to students," says Steve Koffler, Vice President of Higher Education programs at ETS. "As the world's leading provider of tests used for admission to higher education, we are constantly striving to better serve the international education community."

"We're pleased to continue offering ETS testing services that increase its access to and convenience for GRE and TOEFL test takers - testing services with such an expansive global reach," said Alison Indrisano, Senior Vice President of Global Operations at Thomson Prometric. "It's our joint vision that these global testing services enable GRE and TOEFL test takers to realize their professional and personal goals."

The TOEFL and GRE programs recommend test takers use the online registration service well in advance of deadlines, in the morning or early afternoon (Eastern Standard Time), or on weekends when there is less online traffic.

Access to ETS's online registration process can be reached at http://www.ets.org/register.html.

About ETS

Founded in 1947, ETS is the world's largest private, nonprofit educational testing and measurement organization and a leader in education research. ETS products and services measure knowledge and skills, promote learning and performance, and support education and professional development. ETS is located on the Web at www.ets.org.

About Thomson Prometric

Thomson Prometric (www.prometric.com) is the global leader in technology-enabled testing and assessment services for academic, professional, government, corporate and information technology markets. Thomson Prometric delivers standardized tests for 300 clients, in 26 languages, over the Web or through a global network of testing centers in 134 countries.