IRS, Thomson Prometic strike deal for exam work

The Internal Revenue Service has awarded a 10-year, $12.5 million contract to Thomson Prometric Inc. to develop and administer the agency's special enrollment exam on a computer-based format.

Under the contract, Thomson Prometric of Baltimore will furnish comprehensive test design and delivery services for the exams delivered yearly throughout North America and other parts of the world. The company will develop multiple test forms to minimize test item exposure, and will provide a secure environment in its testing centers, where the exams will be administered.

During the life of the contract, the test will be available internationally in many of the company's 3,000 locations. The company plans to make the new test format available during the fourth quarter of 2006.

The special enrollment exam tests candidates' knowledge of tax laws and regulations so that those who pass it can represent taxpayers before the IRS. The exam consists of four written tests administered over two days. The computer-based format will make the test process more accessible to test-takers and give them more time to complete the exam.

Roseanne Gerin is a staff writer for Government Computer News' sister publication, Washington Technology.

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