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Thomson Prometric Signs Contract with Abu Dhabi General Authority for Health Services


Baltimore, MD, 07/19/2006, Thomson Prometric, the global leader in assessment services, and part of The Thomson Corporation (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC), today announced a new exclusive five-year contract to provide test development and delivery services to the General Authority for Health Services (GAHS) in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Thomson Prometric will develop ten medical specialty licensure exams which will be administered in computer-based format and offered at Thomson Prometric testing centers worldwide.

GAHS has faced a logistical challenge in administering its licensure exams in an efficient and cost-effective manner as more than 80% of the UAE healthcare workforce have emigrated from another country. Under current conditions, medical professionals looking to work in the UAE must travel to Abu Dhabi to take their required exam. Moving forward, Thomson Prometric’s global test center network will provide employers flexibility to ensure prospective healthcare practitioners meet GAHS licensing standards before incurring expenses to transport candidates to Abu Dhabi. In addition, Thomson Prometric’s extensive test development experience and its commitment to the global professional accreditation market were significant in GAHS’ decision-making process.

“Thomson Prometric is pleased to provide a cost-effective and efficient testing experience to the GAHS and its candidates. We are proud of our superior test development and delivery services and look forward to serving the GAHS for many years to come,” said David Grinham, vice president and general manager EMEA, Thomson Prometric.

“We were looking for a testing provider that could serve our candidates around the world and develop reliable and defensible exams, and Thomson Prometric offered exactly what we wanted. Our candidates and the medical facilities in the UAE will benefit from the excellent test development and delivery services Thomson Prometric provides,” said Dr. Ahmed Al-Mazrouei, chief executive officer, GAHS.

About The Thomson Corporation and Thomson Prometric

The Thomson Corporation ( ), with 2005 revenues of approximately $8.5 billion, is a global leader in providing integrated information solutions to business and professional customers. Its learning businesses and brands serve the needs of individuals, learning institutions, corporations and government agencies with products and services for both traditional and distributed learning. With operational headquarters in Stamford, Conn., Thomson has approximately 40,500 employees and provides services in approximately 130 countries. The Corporation’s common shares are listed on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC). Thomson Prometric ( is the recognized global leader in testing and assessment services, providing paper-and-pencil, Internet and computer-based testing solutions. It offers a fully integrated testing system that includes test development, test delivery and data management capabilities. On behalf of 600 current clients in the academic, professional, government, corporate and information technology markets, Thomson Prometric develops and/or delivers assessments through a global network of testing centers in more than 130 countries as well as direct to candidates via the Web.


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