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GMAC™ Contracts with New Vendors for GMAT™ Test Development and Delivery

The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) recently announced its new partnership with assessment contractors Pearson VUE and ACT, Inc., who will develop and deliver the GMAT  come January 1, 2006, when the current assessment contract between GMAC and Educational Testing Service® (ETS®) expires.

In anticipation of the end of the contract with ETS®, the GMAC Board of Directors recently undertook a proposal process to identify the best possible assessment development and delivery vendors to meet the goals of the GMAT program into the future. Atop the board’s list of priorities were—

  • creating a world-class platform for the GMAT and any other assessments GMAC may license or develop in the future
  • taking more control over the relationships between GMAC and test takers, and GMAC and GMAT-using institutions
  • ensuring better access to the test throughout the world
  • ensuring uninterrupted GMAT services to test takers and schools.

Other considerations included safeguarding and enhancing the security of the test and test-taker data.

A rigorous search led the board to select Pearson VUE and ACT, who will work in tandem. Pearson VUE, a division of the international media company Pearson, is an international testing and accreditation company that offers numerous medical, educational, and professional certifications and assessments for such organizations as the American Board of Family Practice, the American Board of Surgery, the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Cisco, the U.K. Teacher Training Institute, ITT Technical Institute, IBM, Microsoft, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, and Sun Microsystems.

ACT is a nonprofit organization that provides assessment, research, information, and program management services to companies in the education and workforce development markets. It has a well-established reputation for excellence and integrity in test development. ACT has delivered 4.2 million computer-adaptive tests to 1.2 million students. A total of 4,500 universities currently use the company’s services.

GMAC announced the vendor decision through a press release to the media, emails to school representatives of the Graduate Management Admission Council, notices on its websites ( and, and letters to all institutions that use the GMAT. In these communications, GMAC reiterates its commitment to providing continuous, uninterrupted GMAT  services throughout the transition to new vendors and promises to keep schools and test takers informed of all relevant developments.

Look for future updates on the GMAC relationship with Pearson VUE and ACT here in Graduate Management News.

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