Prometric Selects Vantage Learning to Provide Automated Essay Scoring for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

NEWTOWN, Pa., and BALTIMORE, Md.–Jan. 10, 2007–Vantage Learning and Prometric today jointly announced that they have entered into an agreement to provide intelligent, computer-based essay scoring to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) for the writing section of the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). The agreement to utilize Vantage Learning’s IntelliMetric scoring engine beginning in 2007 marks a significant step in Prometric’s full implementation of the systems and procedures necessary to provide comprehensive computer-based testing (CBT) services to the AAMC. Using Intellimetric to score the MCAT exams will provide enhanced consistency in scoring, and faster results to students taking the test.

Under a separate agreement signed last year, Prometric announced an exclusive agreement with the AAMC to convert the paper-and-pencil MCAT to computer-based format. Instead of only two paper-and-pencil MCAT administrations per year, AAMC can now offer students 22 fully-computerized MCAT administrations per year at hundreds of Prometric testing labs throughout North America and select sites in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, and the Middle East.

IntelliMetric is an artificial intelligence program capable of scoring open-ended and constructed-response questions with documented levels of accuracy and reliability exceeding that of human expert scorers. It consistently applies the pooled knowledge (scoring rubric) of expert scorers to the essays it receives. The MCAT is a standardized examination designed to assess problem solving, critical thinking, and writing skills in addition to knowledge of science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine. It is administered to approximately 70,000 students annually to demonstrate proficiency in various academic areas necessary for success in medical school.

“We’re delighted that Prometric has chosen IntelliMetric to score the writing sample of the MCAT,” says Peter Murphy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Vantage Labs, parent organization of Vantage Learning. “Aspiring physicians will benefit from the efficiencies and flexibility of Prometric’s implementation of CBT. We believe that the inclusion of computer-based scoring provided by Vantage will enhance this even further. We look forward to helping both Prometric and AAMC support this important and highly visible program.”

“Partnering with Vantage to provide this cutting-edge technology to AAMC is a perfect example of how Prometric strives to provide enhanced value to its clients wherever possible,” says Ray Kelly, SVP Client Services, Sales and Marketing at Prometric. “Inclusion of the IntelliMetric scoring supports the conversion and delivery of our computer-based testing program for all aspects of the MCAT. Additionally, it will enable AAMC to more quickly provide test results, allowing students and admission offices to expedite the enrollment process into U.S.-based medical schools.”

About Vantage Learning

With over 193 million online test transactions last year, Vantage Learning is the world’s leading provider of online assessment and automated essay scoring. Recognized as the gold standard for scoring quality, consistency, reliability, and scalability, Vantage Learning’s award-winning education tools meet the needs of educators and school administrators, businesses, and government agencies that need a comprehensive Internet-based test authoring, delivery, scoring, and reporting platform. Learn more at

About Thomson Prometric

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 131 countries as well as direct to candidates via the Web.

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