Like Promissor, Inc.

closed 1/23/2006 via PR Newswire

Pearson (VUE), acquired Promissor, Inc.

synopsis: Pearson, the international media and education company, announced the acquisition of Promissor, a leading professional testing business, from Houghton Mifflin Company for $42m in cash.
buyer parent: Pearson plc
buyer: Pearson (VUE)
Pearson VUE provides innovative electronic testing solutions that enhance the performance, reliability and security of high-stakes testing programs throughout the world. Pearson VUE continually strives to provide customers with the highest level of satisfaction and convenience. "
target parent: Houghton Mifflin Company
target: Promissor, Inc.
Promissor is a subsidiary of Houghton Mifflin Company, a leading publisher of textbooks, instructional technology, assessments, and other educational materials for elementary and secondary schools and colleges. Promissor is a leading provider of knowledge measurement services.
price ($mm)
$42
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$64
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EV / rev
0.7x
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closed 5/16/2012 via PR Newswire

Pearson (VUE), acquired Certiport, Inc.

synopsis: Pearson VUE announced the acquisition of Certiport, a leading provider of performance-based certification exams and practice test solutions for academic institutions, workforce and corporate technology markets. Pearson VUE is furthering its commitment to offering the most robust, end-to-end professional learning and assessment solutions.
buyer parent: Pearson plc
buyer: Pearson (VUE)
Pearson VUE is the global leader in computer-based testing for information technology, academic, government and professional testing programs around the world. Pearson VUE provides a full suite of services from test development to data management, and delivers exams. "
target parent: Spire Capital Partners, L.P.
target: Certiport, Inc.
Certiport is the leading provider of certification exam development, delivery and program management services delivered through an expansive network of over 12,000 Certiport Authorized Testing Centers worldwide. Certiport manages a sophisticated portfolio of leading certification programs.
price ($mm)
$140
rev ($mm)
$48
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
2.9x
EV / EBITDA
closed 12/13/2017 via BusinessWire

Intertek Group plc, acquired Acumen Security, LLC

synopsis: Intertek, a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide, has acquired Acumen Security, a US-based provider of security certification and assurance services. With end-to-end security certification solutions, Acumen works with its customers to provide product certification and validation in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
buyer: Intertek Group plc (LSE:ITRK:$3,555.52)
Intertek is a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide. Their network of more than 1,000 laboratories and offices delivers innovative and bespoke Assurance, Testing, Inspection and Certification solutions for their customers’ operations and supply chains. "
target: Acumen Security, LLC
Acumen Security, LLC is a US-based provider of security certification and assurance services. With end-to-end security certification solutions, Acumen works with its customers to provide product certification and validation in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
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closed 4/25/2006 via Reuters

Pearson plc, acquired National Evaluation Systems

synopsis: Pearson Plc, the world's biggest educational publisher, said it had bought National Evaluation Systems Inc. (NES), expanding into the area of U.S. teacher certification testing. London-based Pearson, which did not disclose the purchase price, said on Tuesday closely held NES had sales of $73 million in 2005.
buyer parent: Pearson plc
buyer: Pearson plc
Educating 100 million people worldwide, Pearson Education is the global leader in integrated education publishing. "
target: National Evaluation Systems
An educational testing company that develops and administers customized teacher certification testing programs and other assessment programs in higher education. Our work covers assessments in more than one hundred content fields, professional teaching skills, and basic skills.
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announced 1/27/2017 via PR Newswire

Educational Testing Service, Inc., will acquire Questar Assessment, Inc.

synopsis: Educational Testing Service (ETS) announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Questar Assessment Inc., a K–12 assessment solutions provider focused on building a bridge between learning and accountability. Subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions, Questar will become a separate subsidiary of ETS.
buyer: Educational Testing Service, Inc.
Educational Testing Service, Inc. (ETS) is a non-profit that advances quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS provides customized solutions for teacher certification, English language learning. and more. "
target parent: Camden Partners Holdings, LLC
target: Questar Assessment, Inc. (OTCPK:QUSA:$38.69)
Questar Assessment Inc. is a K–12 assessment solutions provider focused on building a bridge between learning and accountability. Their approach to meaningful assessment design, delivery, scoring, analysis, and reporting results in successful collaborations between educators and their teams.
price ($mm)
$128
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closed 6/1/2006 via PR Newswire

Touchstone Applied Science Associates, acquired Questar Educational Systems

synopsis: Touchstone Applied Science Associates, Inc. announced today it has acquired the larger, privately-held Questar Educational Systems, Inc. of Apple Valley, MN in a cash and stock transaction initially valued at $20 million with the opportunity to reach $32.5 million based on performance milestones.
buyer parent: Camden Partners Holdings, LLC
buyer: Touchstone Applied Science Associates (OTCPK:QUSA:$38.69)
Questar Educational Systems, Inc. provides educational assessment programs for the educational assessment industry in the United States. It provides solutions to the state and local education agencies and their testing programs. "
target: Questar Educational Systems
Questar Educational Systems was incorporated in 2000 to meet the growing demand for quality products and services and the timely delivery of those products and services to support statewide educational assessment programs.
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announced 6/17/2020 via PR Newswire

Zhengdong Zhu and Baohong Yin, will acquire China Distance Education Holdings Limited

synopsis: China Distance Education Holdings Limited, a leading provider of online education and value-added services for professionals and corporate clients in China, will have all outstanding ordinary shares acquired by its co-founders Mr. Zhengdong Zhu, chairman of the Board and chief executive officer, and Ms. Baohong Yin, deputy chairman of the Board.
buyer: Zhengdong Zhu and Baohong Yin
Zhengdong Zhu is the co-founder, Chairman of the Board and chief executive officer of China Distance Education Holdings Limited. Baohong Yin is the co-founder and deputy chairm of the board of China Distance Education Holdings Limited. "
target: China Distance Education Holdings Limited (DL:$223.74)
China Distance Education Holdings Limited is a provider of online education and value-added services for professionals and corporate clients in China. The courses offered through its websites help professionals seeking to obtain and maintain professional licenses and to enhance their job skills.
price ($mm)[EV]
$188 [$111]*
rev ($mm)
$224
EBITDA ($mm)
$59
EV / rev
1.3x
EV / EBITDA
4.8x
closed 5/22/2019 via PR Newswire

Clicksafety.com, Inc., acquired SPAN Safety Workshops

synopsis: ClickSafety, a leader in online safety training for construction and general industries, has acquired SPAN International Training, the leading provider of certification exam study materials for safety, health and environmental professionals.
buyer parent: Blackstone Group LP
buyer: Clicksafety.com, Inc.
ClickSafety, a leader in online safety training for construction and general industries, has delivered award-winning online safety training to more than 10,000 organizations worldwide. It was the first to offer the OSHA 10-Hour and OSHA 30-Hour safety courses online. "
target: SPAN Safety Workshops
SPAN International Training LLC, is the leading provider of certification exam study materials for safety, health and environmental professionals. SPAN professional development programs help clients achieve important career goals through advancing competencies for safety management excellence.
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closed 3/14/2019 via PR Newswire

Prometric, acquired Schroeder Measurement Technologies

synopsis: Prometric, a trusted provider of technology-enabled testing and assessment solutions, has acquired Schroeder Measurement Technologies, Inc. (SMT), a company that specializes in providing comprehensive exam development and administration services to certification organizations and licensing agencies.
buyer parent: Baring Private Equity Asia
buyer: Prometric
Prometric administers exams for organizations such as the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Pediatrics. The Baltimore, Maryland-based company manages an average of 7 million exams per year in 6,000 testing centers in more than 180 countries. "
target: Schroeder Measurement Technologies
Schroeder Measurement Technologies, Inc. (SMT) specializes in providing comprehensive exam development and administration services to certification organizations and licensing agencies. From cosmetology to highly specialized nursing care, SMT specializes in comprehensive client tailored solutions.
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closed 9/26/2018 via BNC Analysis

Cours Legendre SAS, acquired Methodia SAS

synopsis: Methodia has been bought by Les Cours Legendre, a French tutoring company. Based in Lyon and Paris, Methodia is a major player in the innovative training market. Methodia offers innovative training courses for individuals and businesses to help them succeed in their professional challenges.
buyer parent: AXA Group
buyer: Cours Legendre SAS
For more than 50 years, Les Cours Legendre has been helping students succeed through its tutoring and support services. Based in France, Cours Legendre is the expert in all aspects of school support. "
target: Methodia SAS
Based in Lyon and Paris, Methodia is a major player in the innovative training market. Methodia offers innovative training courses for individuals and businesses to help them succeed in their professional challenges, everywhere.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
$1
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
0.0x
EV / EBITDA
closed 6/20/2018 via BusinessWire

Scantron Corporation, acquired CASTLE Worldwide

synopsis: Scantron Corporation, a global provider of market-leading assessment and technology solutions, announced it has completed its acquisition of Castle Worldwide, an accomplished full-service licensure and certification testing company based in Morrisville, North Carolina.
buyer parent: MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc.
buyer: Scantron Corporation
Scantron is a global, diversified company that provides market leading assessment capabilities and technology services to help learners, educators, business owners, and professionals around the world achieve their goals. "
target: CASTLE Worldwide
Castle is an accomplished full-services certification and licensure testing company. They allow stakeholders to excel in their profession through the development of competency-based testing, training, and high-stakes certification programs.
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announced 4/13/2018 via Company Press Release

PSI Services LLC, will purchase eAssessment Business from learndirect

synopsis: PSI Services LLC (PSI), a global workforce solution provider, will acquire the assets of learndirect’s eAssessment business. learndirect is the UK’s largest integrated training provider. The eAssessment business includes learndirect’s UK test centre network, technology and call centre along with all associated staff.
buyer parent: Waud Capital Partners, LLC
buyer: PSI Services LLC
PSI Services LLC (PSI) has 70 years of experience providing worldwide testing solutions to corporations, Federal and State government agencies, professional associations and certifying bodies. PSI offers a comprehensive solutions approach from test development to delivery to results processing. "
seller parent: Lloyds Banking Group
seller: learndirect
learndirect's eAssessment business includes learndirect’s UK test centre network, technology and call centre along with all associated staff. learndirect is the UK’s largest integrated training provider. The company has supported 75,000 organisations to improve the skills of their workforce.
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announced 12/6/2017 via BNC Analysis

Baring Private Equity Asia, will acquire Prometric

synopsis: Hong Kong-based buyout firm Baring Private Equity Asia is nearing a deal to acquire U.S. educational services company Prometric Inc. Prometric administers exams for organizations such as the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Pediatrics.
buyer: Baring Private Equity Asia
Baring Private Equity Asia (BPEA) is one of the largest and most established private alternative investment firms in Asia, with total committed capital of over USD11 billion. The firm runs a pan-Asian investment program, sponsoring buyouts and providing growth capital to companies. "
target parent: Educational Testing Service, Inc.
target: Prometric
Prometric administers exams for organizations such as the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Pediatrics. The Baltimore, Maryland-based company manages an average of 7 million exams per year in 6,000 testing centers in more than 180 countries.
price ($mm)
$1,000
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closed 12/6/2016 via BusinessWire

PSI Services LLC, acquired Computer Assisted Testing Service, Inc.

synopsis: PSI Services LLC, a testing services provider to corporations, federal and state government agencies, professional associations and certifying bodies, announced that they have acquired Computer Assisted Testing Service, an organization that delivers computer-based examinations for organizations involved in licensing and certification testing.
buyer parent: Waud Capital Partners, LLC
buyer: PSI Services LLC
PSI Services LLC (PSI) has 70 years of experience providing worldwide testing solutions to corporations, Federal and State government agencies, professional associations and certifying bodies. PSI offers a comprehensive solutions approach from test development to delivery to results processing. "
target: Computer Assisted Testing Service, Inc.
Computer Assisted Testing Service (CATS) is a full service testing company for licensure, certification, assessment, and educational testing programs.
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closed 12/31/2015 via BusinessWire

PSI Services LLC, acquired Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc.

synopsis: PSI Services LLC announced that they have acquired Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc. (AMP), a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Board for Respiratory Care. AMP provides certification organizations, government agencies, professional associations and private industry with innovative assessment and management solutions.
buyer parent: Waud Capital Partners, LLC
buyer: PSI Services LLC
PSI Services LLC (PSI) has 70 years of experience providing worldwide testing solutions to corporations, Federal and State government agencies, professional associations and certifying bodies. PSI offers a comprehensive solutions approach from test development to delivery to results processing. "
target parent: National Board for Respiratory Care
target: Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc.
Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP) provides certification organizations, government agencies, professional associations and private industry with innovative assessment and management solutions. AMP has 30 years of experience and 100 clients representing a wide range of professional occupations.
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closed 3/4/2014 via BNC Analysis

CIP Capital, acquired OnCourse Learning

synopsis: Waukesha-based OnCourse Learning Corp. has been acquired by New York private equity firm CIP Capital. OnCourse provides tools to help companies and professionals navigate regulatory training, certification and compliance requirements.
buyer: CIP Capital
CIP Capital is a New York based private equity firm focused on investing in growth-oriented, middle-market companies across the Business Information and Outsourced Services markets in North America. "
target parent: The Riverside Company
target: OnCourse Learning
OnCourse Learning is an education and compliance solutions provider for individuals, companies, educators, and government agencies seeking educational excellence, professional compliance, occupational tools, customized training solutions, and new careers.
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closed 5/10/2013 via BNC Analysis

BSI Group, acquired NCS International Pty Ltd

synopsis: British Standards Institution (BSI), the business standards company, has completed the acquisition of NCS International (NCSI). NCSI offers a variety of internationally recognized business verification, assessment and certification programs across industry sectors including food, health and services, mining and utilities.
buyer: BSI Group
BSI (British Standards Institution) is a global organization that equips businesses with the necessary solutions to turn standards of best practice into habits of excellence. It was the world’s first National Standards Body and a founding member of the International Organization for Standardization."
target parent: National Association of Testing Authorities
target: NCS International Pty Ltd
NCS International is one of Australia's largest certification bodies which offers a wide array of auditing, training, and accredited certification solutions.
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closed 5/25/2010 via BusinessWire

Certiport, Inc., acquired MeasureUp, Inc.

synopsis: Certiport, the leading provider of test delivery services for the global workforce and academic markets, announced they have acquired MeasureUp LLC, the global leader in IT practice tests and assessment services.
buyer parent: Spire Capital Partners, L.P.
buyer: Certiport, Inc.
Certiport is the leading provider of value-added, computerized test delivery services that include an expansive network of Certiport testing centers worldwide. Its comprehensive services encompass test development, psychometrics, program management, sales and marketing. "
target: MeasureUp, Inc.
MeasureUp is an assessment and certification practice test company, providing the necessary tools to reinforce learning and validate knowledge. MeasureUp assessment and practice test customers include a broad range of companies and higher-education learning institutes.
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closed 10/15/2007 via BusinessWire

Educational Testing Service, acquired Thomson Prometric

synopsis: Prometric, previously a business of The Thomson Corporation and the global leader in technology-enabled testing and assessment services, today announced that its acquisition by ETS is complete.
buyer: Educational Testing Service
Educational Testing Service is the world's largest private educational testing and measurement organization and a leader in educational research. The company is dedicated to serving the needs of individuals, educational institutions, and government bodies in almost 200 countries. "
target parent: Thomson Reuters
target: Thomson Prometric
Thomson Prometric 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.
price ($mm)
$435
rev ($mm)
$317
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
1.4x
EV / EBITDA
closed 12/6/2006 via Company Press Release

ABRY Partners, acquired Psychological Services, Inc.

synopsis: Berkery, Noyes & Co., LLC, one of the leading independent investment banks serving the information and technology markets, announces that it represented Psychological Services, Inc. (PSI), in its transaction with ABRY Partners, LLC, a leading private equity group. ABRY invested in PSI to provide capital to accelerate PSI's impressive growth.
buyer: ABRY Partners
ABRY Partners is one of the most experienced and successful media-focused private equity investment firms in North America. Since 1989, ABRY has completed over $7.0 billion of leveraged transactions and other private equity investments, representing investments in more than 450 media properties. "
target: Psychological Services, Inc.
Psychological Services, Inc. is an industry-leading provider of assessment and evaluation programs for corporations, state governments and professional associations. PSI provides a range of assessments for pre-employment selection, evaluation, placement, and licensure and certification.
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closed 1/23/2006 via PR Newswire

Pearson (VUE), acquired Promissor, Inc.

synopsis: Pearson, the international media and education company, announced the acquisition of Promissor, a leading professional testing business, from Houghton Mifflin Company for $42m in cash.
buyer parent: Pearson plc
buyer: Pearson (VUE)
Pearson VUE provides innovative electronic testing solutions that enhance the performance, reliability and security of high-stakes testing programs throughout the world. Pearson VUE continually strives to provide customers with the highest level of satisfaction and convenience. "
target parent: Houghton Mifflin Company
target: Promissor, Inc.
Promissor is a subsidiary of Houghton Mifflin Company, a leading publisher of textbooks, instructional technology, assessments, and other educational materials for elementary and secondary schools and colleges. Promissor is a leading provider of knowledge measurement services.
price ($mm)
$42
rev ($mm)
$64
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
0.7x
EV / EBITDA
closed 6/3/2015 via Company Press Release

Pearson (VUE), acquired ProctorCam

synopsis: Global computer-based testing leader Pearson VUE announced the acquisition of ProctorCam, a leading online proctored testing platform. The integration of an online proctoring solution will enable Pearson VUE clients to extend the reach of their testing programs to remote areas and expand the breadth of their programs.
buyer parent: Pearson plc
buyer: Pearson (VUE)
Pearson VUE is the global leader in computer-based testing for high-stakes certification and licensure exams in the healthcare, finance, information technology, academic and admissions markets. "
target: ProctorCam
ProctorCam offers a toolkit that helps organizations add online proctoring as a feature of their existing test delivery channel. ProctorCam has "widgetized" online proctoring enabling their partners to choose how, when and where online proctoring occurs within their existing workflows.
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closed 3/6/2013 via PR Newswire

Pearson (VUE), acquired Exam Design, Inc.

synopsis: Pearson VUE acquired Exam Design Inc, a leading provider of examination development software used in high-stakes testing. Exam Design's flagship product, ExamDeveloper, is a web-based suite of tools that helps users develop rigorous and defensible assessments for credentialing purposes while reducing the reliance on in-person meetings.
buyer parent: Pearson plc
buyer: Pearson (VUE)
Pearson VUE is the global leader in computer-based testing for information technology, academic, government and professional testing programs around the world. Pearson VUE provides a full suite of services from test development to data management. "
target: Exam Design, Inc.
Exam Design creates software that organizations can use to develop, maintain, and analyze high-stakes examinations. Exam Design software is built by testing experts with years of experience designing hundreds of examinations for associations, corporations and government entities across the US.
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closed 5/16/2012 via PR Newswire

Pearson (VUE), acquired Certiport, Inc.

synopsis: Pearson VUE announced the acquisition of Certiport, a leading provider of performance-based certification exams and practice test solutions for academic institutions, workforce and corporate technology markets. Pearson VUE is furthering its commitment to offering the most robust, end-to-end professional learning and assessment solutions.
buyer parent: Pearson plc
buyer: Pearson (VUE)
Pearson VUE is the global leader in computer-based testing for information technology, academic, government and professional testing programs around the world. Pearson VUE provides a full suite of services from test development to data management, and delivers exams. "
target parent: Spire Capital Partners, L.P.
target: Certiport, Inc.
Certiport is the leading provider of certification exam development, delivery and program management services delivered through an expansive network of over 12,000 Certiport Authorized Testing Centers worldwide. Certiport manages a sophisticated portfolio of leading certification programs.
price ($mm)
$140
rev ($mm)
$48
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
2.9x
EV / EBITDA
closed 9/23/2008 via BNC Analysis

Capstone Press, Inc., acquired Heinemann-Raintree

synopsis: Capstone Publishers, a publisher of children’s books for school and public libraries, has acquired the assets of the Heinemann-Raintree library reference imprints from the international media company Pearson.
buyer parent: Coughlan Companies
buyer: Capstone Press, Inc.
Capstone Press is a publishing house that offers everything from nonfiction, fiction and picture books to interactive books, audio books, literacy programs, and digital media, supporting the learning needs of students through experiences that capture and engage young minds. "
target parent: Pearson plc
target: Heinemann-Raintree
Heinemann-Raintree publishes thousands of high-quality, nonfiction books that meet your PreK-Secondary needs, in the library and in the classroom. Choose from titles in Science, Social Studies, Biography, Art, Math, Health, and more, that correlate to your state's standards.
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closed 1/23/2006 via PR Newswire

Pearson (VUE), acquired Promissor, Inc.

synopsis: Pearson, the international media and education company, announced the acquisition of Promissor, a leading professional testing business, from Houghton Mifflin Company for $42m in cash.
buyer parent: Pearson plc
buyer: Pearson (VUE)
Pearson VUE provides innovative electronic testing solutions that enhance the performance, reliability and security of high-stakes testing programs throughout the world. Pearson VUE continually strives to provide customers with the highest level of satisfaction and convenience. "
target parent: Houghton Mifflin Company
target: Promissor, Inc.
Promissor is a subsidiary of Houghton Mifflin Company, a leading publisher of textbooks, instructional technology, assessments, and other educational materials for elementary and secondary schools and colleges. Promissor is a leading provider of knowledge measurement services.
price ($mm)
$42
rev ($mm)
$64
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
0.7x
EV / EBITDA
closed 3/14/2019 via PR Newswire

Prometric, acquired Schroeder Measurement Technologies

synopsis: Prometric, a trusted provider of technology-enabled testing and assessment solutions, has acquired Schroeder Measurement Technologies, Inc. (SMT), a company that specializes in providing comprehensive exam development and administration services to certification organizations and licensing agencies.
buyer parent: Baring Private Equity Asia
buyer: Prometric
Prometric administers exams for organizations such as the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Pediatrics. The Baltimore, Maryland-based company manages an average of 7 million exams per year in 6,000 testing centers in more than 180 countries. "
target: Schroeder Measurement Technologies
Schroeder Measurement Technologies, Inc. (SMT) specializes in providing comprehensive exam development and administration services to certification organizations and licensing agencies. From cosmetology to highly specialized nursing care, SMT specializes in comprehensive client tailored solutions.
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closed 6/20/2018 via BusinessWire

Scantron Corporation, acquired CASTLE Worldwide

synopsis: Scantron Corporation, a global provider of market-leading assessment and technology solutions, announced it has completed its acquisition of Castle Worldwide, an accomplished full-service licensure and certification testing company based in Morrisville, North Carolina.
buyer parent: MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc.
buyer: Scantron Corporation
Scantron is a global, diversified company that provides market leading assessment capabilities and technology services to help learners, educators, business owners, and professionals around the world achieve their goals. "
target: CASTLE Worldwide
Castle is an accomplished full-services certification and licensure testing company. They allow stakeholders to excel in their profession through the development of competency-based testing, training, and high-stakes certification programs.
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announced 12/6/2017 via BNC Analysis

Baring Private Equity Asia, will acquire Prometric

synopsis: Hong Kong-based buyout firm Baring Private Equity Asia is nearing a deal to acquire U.S. educational services company Prometric Inc. Prometric administers exams for organizations such as the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Pediatrics.
buyer: Baring Private Equity Asia
Baring Private Equity Asia (BPEA) is one of the largest and most established private alternative investment firms in Asia, with total committed capital of over USD11 billion. The firm runs a pan-Asian investment program, sponsoring buyouts and providing growth capital to companies. "
target parent: Educational Testing Service, Inc.
target: Prometric
Prometric administers exams for organizations such as the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Pediatrics. The Baltimore, Maryland-based company manages an average of 7 million exams per year in 6,000 testing centers in more than 180 countries.
price ($mm)
$1,000
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closed 12/6/2016 via BusinessWire

PSI Services LLC, acquired Computer Assisted Testing Service, Inc.

synopsis: PSI Services LLC, a testing services provider to corporations, federal and state government agencies, professional associations and certifying bodies, announced that they have acquired Computer Assisted Testing Service, an organization that delivers computer-based examinations for organizations involved in licensing and certification testing.
buyer parent: Waud Capital Partners, LLC
buyer: PSI Services LLC
PSI Services LLC (PSI) has 70 years of experience providing worldwide testing solutions to corporations, Federal and State government agencies, professional associations and certifying bodies. PSI offers a comprehensive solutions approach from test development to delivery to results processing. "
target: Computer Assisted Testing Service, Inc.
Computer Assisted Testing Service (CATS) is a full service testing company for licensure, certification, assessment, and educational testing programs.
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closed 12/31/2015 via BusinessWire

PSI Services LLC, acquired Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc.

synopsis: PSI Services LLC announced that they have acquired Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc. (AMP), a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Board for Respiratory Care. AMP provides certification organizations, government agencies, professional associations and private industry with innovative assessment and management solutions.
buyer parent: Waud Capital Partners, LLC
buyer: PSI Services LLC
PSI Services LLC (PSI) has 70 years of experience providing worldwide testing solutions to corporations, Federal and State government agencies, professional associations and certifying bodies. PSI offers a comprehensive solutions approach from test development to delivery to results processing. "
target parent: National Board for Respiratory Care
target: Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc.
Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP) provides certification organizations, government agencies, professional associations and private industry with innovative assessment and management solutions. AMP has 30 years of experience and 100 clients representing a wide range of professional occupations.
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closed 10/15/2007 via BusinessWire

Educational Testing Service, acquired Thomson Prometric

synopsis: Prometric, previously a business of The Thomson Corporation and the global leader in technology-enabled testing and assessment services, today announced that its acquisition by ETS is complete.
buyer: Educational Testing Service
Educational Testing Service is the world's largest private educational testing and measurement organization and a leader in educational research. The company is dedicated to serving the needs of individuals, educational institutions, and government bodies in almost 200 countries. "
target parent: Thomson Reuters
target: Thomson Prometric
Thomson Prometric 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.
price ($mm)
$435
rev ($mm)
$317
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
1.4x
EV / EBITDA
closed 12/7/2006 via Company Press Release

Knowledge Solutions (UK), Ltd., acquired Enlight

synopsis: Knowledge Solutions (UK) Ltd today announced the acquisition of over 30% of the shares of Enlight International AB (publ), a leading, publicly-traded provider of knowledge assurance solutions, for an undisclosed sum. Enlight is listed as ENLI B on the First North public stock exchange in Stockholm.
buyer: Knowledge Solutions (UK), Ltd.
Knowledge Solutions develops and markets a range of solutions designed to support business process change and the transfer, and management, of knowledge from those who know to those who need to know. "
target: Enlight
Enlight is the largest European provider of online solutions for testing and certification. Over 7 million tests have been taken in more than 60 countries in over 3000 Test Centres using Enlight's solutions, and Enlight has offices in Sweden, the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium.
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closed 2/9/2016 via BusinessWire

PSI Services LLC, acquired EnlightKS

synopsis: PSI Services LLC, a worldwide, industry-leading professional testing services provider to corporations, Federal and State government agencies, professional associations and certifying bodies, has acquired EnlightKS, a leading UK-based testing services provider. EnlightKS is a global leader in eLearning, eAssessment and Performance Support.
buyer parent: Waud Capital Partners, LLC
buyer: PSI Services LLC
PSI Services LLC (PSI) has 70 years of experience providing worldwide testing solutions to corporations, Federal and State government agencies, professional associations and certifying bodies. PSI offers a comprehensive solutions approach from test development to delivery to results processing. "
target: EnlightKS
EnlightKS is a global leader in eLearning, eAssessment and Performance Support. In IT Certification, it has set the standard for performance-based IT skills assessment. In Professional Certification it works with government, corporates, awarding bodies and publishers to deliver testing programmes.
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closed 9/9/2013 via PR Web

JAK, Ltd., acquired LabMentors Corp.

synopsis: PCS Edventures!.com, Inc., (PCSV) a leading provider of K-12 programs focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) announced the sale of its Labmentors Canadian subsidiary to JAK, Ltd., a Canadian company.
buyer: JAK, Ltd.
JAK, Ltd. is a Canadian company. "
target parent: PCS Edventures, Inc.
target: LabMentors Corp.
LabMentors provides guided on-line labs for web-based information technology training and certification. Participants can log on anywhere to gain hands-on experience and advice in the study of Windows 2003, XP, 2000, Security, Cisco Networking and Custom Application programs/certification tracks.
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closed 7/9/2019 via BusinessWire

UWorld, acquired Roger CPA Review

synopsis: UWorld, a company trusted by more than a million students for high-stakes exam preparation, has acquired Roger CPA Review, a leading provider of learning tools that have helped tens of thousands of accountants prepare for their CPA exam.
buyer: UWorld
UWorld is the worldwide leader in online learning to prepare for high-stakes exams. Whether students are preparing for the ACT, SAT, MCAT, NCLEX, USMLE, ABIM, or ABFM, UWorld ensures success by using active learning methods. "
target: Roger CPA Review
Roger CPA Review’s mission is to change the way students learn to achieve maximum efficiency. With the power of SmartPath Predictive Technology, future accountants are empowered to achieve their career goals through impactful, data-driven learning—faster than ever before.
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closed 8/30/2018 via BNC Analysis

Descomplica, acquired PaperX

synopsis: Descomplica acquired PaperX, a startup focused on developing exercises and online evaluations as tests and simulations. With PaperX, students can prepare for exams with simulated tests to ensure a better performance in the college entrance examination.
buyer: Descomplica
Descomplica is the 1st largest digital education company in Brazil. Their history begins in 2011 as an online education startup helping students from all over Brazil improve at the ENEM. The ENEM is a Brazilian national exam, which evaluates high school students in Brazil. "
target: PaperX
PaperX is a Brazilian startup focused on developing exercises and online evaluations as tests and simulations. With PaperX, students can prepare for exams with simulated tests to ensure a better performance in the college entrance examination.
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closed 7/31/2019 via BNC Analysis

CompTIA, acquired metacog

synopsis: CompTIA, the world's leading tech association whose unparalleled programs set industry standards, foster skill development and generate knowledge and insight every day, has acquired Metacog, a company that uses AI to improve technical, college and career readiness and to develop the harder-to-measure, complex 21st century problem-solving skills.
buyer: CompTIA
CompTIA, the world's leading tech association, is a thought leader and an action leader. From their new IT professional association to their leading certification programs, their unparalleled programs set industry standards, foster skill development and generate knowledge and insight every day. "
target: metacog
Metacog’s technology enables much deeper assessment challenges to optimize human learning and performance. They use AI to automatically improve technical, college and career readiness and to develop the harder-to-measure, complex 21st century problem-solving skills.
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closed 4/3/2006 via PR Newswire

Horizon Wimba, acquired Brownstone Research Group

synopsis: Horizon Wimba, a provider of collaborative software applications for online education, announced today that it has acquired Brownstone Research Group, a leading developer of simple, powerful assessment tools for teaching and learning.
buyer: Horizon Wimba
Horizon Wimba develops web-based collaboration software tools designed for online distance education, language learning and live interactive communications. Horizon Wimba brings a new collaborative dimension to online teaching and learning. "
target: Brownstone Research Group
Brownstone Research Group was established in 1983 to develop software for academic instructors and students. Its products are distributed by textbook publishing companies.
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closed 5/31/2006 via

Houghton Mifflin Company, purchased SkillsTutor from Achievement Technologies, Inc.

synopsis: Houghton Mifflin Company announced an agreement with Achievement Technologies, Inc. (ATI), a privately held educational software solution and service company, to acquire all of ATI's research-based instructional products for $18.5 million in cash.
buyer parent: Houghton Mifflin Riverdeep Group PLC
buyer: Houghton Mifflin Company (HMHC:$1,322.42)
Houghton Mifflin is one of the leading educational publishers in the United States, publishing textbooks, instructional technology, assessments, and other educational materials for teachers and students of every age. "
seller: Achievement Technologies, Inc.
Achievement Technologies is a privately held educational software solution and service company founded in the fall of 1999, focusing primarily on the K-12 school market with a secondary focus on the school-to-work and adult basic skills market.
price ($mm)
$23
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closed 2/7/2019 via PR Newswire

TAL Education Group, acquired Ready4, Inc.

synopsis: Tomorrow Advancing Life Education Group (TAL), a leading education and technology enterprise in China, has acquired Ready4, Inc., the world's most advanced mobile learning platform. Ready4 provides high-quality, AI-powered live and on demand test prep courses for GMAT, GRE, SAT, ACT, PSAT, and MCAT.
buyer: TAL Education Group (TAL:$2,340.52)
Tomorrow Advancing Life (TAL) is a leading education and technology enterprise in China. Since its establishment, TAL is committed to integrating technologies and the Internet into education, to deliver a better study experience for children through K-12. "
target: Ready4, Inc.
Ready4 is the world's most advanced mobile learning platform. Ready4 provides high-quality, AI-powered live and on demand test prep courses for GMAT, GRE, SAT, ACT, PSAT, and MCAT. Ready4 has helped more than 2 million students in over 150 countries improve their college admissions test scores.
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announced 3/7/2018 via GlobeNewswire

Wolters Kluwer Health, will acquire Firecracker, Inc.

synopsis: Wolters Kluwer Health announces that it has signed an agreement to acquire Firecracker, an adaptive learning, assessment, and study-planning solution used by more than 20 percent of U.S. medical students.
buyer parent: Wolters Kluwer NV
buyer: Wolters Kluwer Health
Wolters Kluwer Health is a leading global provider of trusted clinical technology and evidence-based solutions that support clinicians, patients, researchers and students with advanced clinical decision support, learning and research and clinical intelligence. "
target: Firecracker, Inc.
Founded in 2009, Firecracker uses a technology- and data-driven approach to improve medical student learning in preparation for high stakes exams, including the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE).
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closed 4/23/2020 via PR Web

Thinkster, acquired SelectQ Corporation

synopsis: Thinkster, the world leader in AI-driven Math tutoring for Kindergarten to 8th grade, has acquired SelectQ Corporation, an AI-driven educational technology platform. SelectQ offers quizzes and performance-based training for SATs, tailored to the needs and understanding levels of each student.
buyer: Thinkster
Thinkster is the world leader in AI-driven Math tutoring for Kindergarten to 8th grade. Thinkster combines the power of elite human tutors with a world-class curriculum and amazing AI and data-driven approach that is hyper-personalized for each student. "
target: SelectQ Corporation
SelectQ is an AI-driven educational technology platform. SelectQ offers quizzes and performance-based training for SATs, tailored to the needs and understanding levels of each student. Their platform identifies strong and weak subjects for each student and provides customized improvement plans.
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closed 1/21/2015 via BNC Analysis

Orion Edutech Private Limited, acquired Brainvalley Software Private Limited

synopsis: Skill development company Orion Edutech announced acquisition of 67 per cent stake in Chennai-based Brain Valley Software Pvt Ltd, an independent assessment solution for corporates and education institutes. They have delivered over 1.4 million tests to date for an array of competitive exams and employers.
buyer: Orion Edutech Private Limited
Orion Edutech is the largest vocational training institute in the country. Since their inception in 2005, they have secured the future of more than 60,000 students by providing them with jobs in top companies across India. Their vocational training courses are industry-oriented and skill based. "
target: Brainvalley Software Private Limited
Brainvalley Software specializes in assessment solutions for students, coaching institutes, corporates or colleges. They have delivered over 1.4 million tests to date for an array of competitive exams and employers.
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announced 9/17/2018 via Wall Street Journal

Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA, will acquire OnCourse Learning

synopsis: Bertelsmann is to acquire OnCourse Learning, a company that offers continuing education, pre-licensing and corporate training, from CIP Capital. Top companies and millions of professionals nationwide know them by their premier brands in regulated industries, including Nurse.com, ProSchools, TrainingPro, and AHIT (American Home Inspectors Training).
buyer: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
Bertelsmann is a media, services and education company that operates in about 50 countries. It includes the broadcaster RTL Group, the trade book publisher Penguin Random House, the magazine publisher Gruner + Jahr, the music company BMG, the service provider Arvato, and more. "
target parent: CIP Capital
target: OnCourse Learning
OnCourse Learning offers continuing education, pre-licensing and corporate training. Top companies and millions of professionals nationwide know them by their premier brands in regulated industries, including Nurse.com, ProSchools, TrainingPro, and AHIT (American Home Inspectors Training).
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closed 3/14/2019 via PR Newswire

Prometric, acquired DL Roope Administrations Inc

synopsis: Prometric, a trusted provider of technology-enabled testing and assessment solutions, has acquired DL Roope Administrations Inc., a leader in the administration of NIC State Board licensure examinations in cosmetology and related sub-specialities. DL Roope provides online application processing, exam administration, and score reporting services.
buyer parent: Baring Private Equity Asia
buyer: Prometric
Prometric administers exams for organizations such as the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Pediatrics. The Baltimore, Maryland-based company manages an average of 7 million exams per year in 6,000 testing centers in more than 180 countries. "
target: DL Roope Administrations Inc
DL Roope is a leader in the administration of NIC State Board licensure examinations in cosmetology and related sub-specialities. Working with numerous state regulatory agencies, DL Roope provides online application processing, exam administration, and score reporting services.
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