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Pearson VUE named ‘EdTech’ double-finalist for Minnesota’s 2019 TEKNE Awards

BLOOMINGTON, MN, November 18th 2019 – Pearson VUE, the global leader in computer-based testing, has been announced as a double-finalist for the Minnesota High Tech Association 2019 Tekne Awards, with two nominations in the ‘EdTech’ category.

For the last two decades, the Tekne Awards have recognized organizations that are cutting-edge innovators in science and technology within Minnesota. Attracting Minnesota leaders from business, academia and government, this community will come together on November 20th to celebrate Minnesota’s diverse tech-based economy.

The ‘EdTech’ award ‘recognizes advancements in digital technology to make learning and teaching more interactive, dynamic, adaptive, collaborative and immersive for students of all ages.’ 

Examples include multi-media integration, gamification, learning apps, and peer-to-peer learning platforms.

Pearson VUE has been shortlisted for its online proctoring platform, OnVUE and its performance-based testing solution, ALII:

  • OnVUE – Launched in 2019, OnVUE is Pearson VUE’s next generation online proctoring platform. Online proctoring frees candidates from having to travel to a physical test center by allowing them to test whenever and wherever they want while upholding the security requirements of credentialing organizations.
  • ALII – Pearson VUE's ALII lab specification allows test sponsors to work with nearly any lab hosting provider to bring high-fidelity software assessment experiences to their candidates. With ALII, candidates can now perform real world job scenarios inside a certification exam at Pearson VUE’s testing centers across the world.

"We’re honored to be a double-finalist in the EdTech category," said Farzana Ashraf, CTO & SVP, Products & Services at Pearson VUE. "Pearson VUE’s technology strategy and solutions are at the heart of everything we do, and these nominations highlight our progress in making high-stakes certification and licensing testing experiences more convenient and more available for testing candidates."

“This year’s Tekne Award finalists demonstrate thought leadership and are spearheading technology innovation in Minnesota and around the world,” said Jeff Tollefson, President and CEO of the Minnesota High Tech Association. “We look forward to further recognizing these organizations at the 2019 Tekne Awards as well as highlighting the impressive science and technology community here in Minnesota.”

A full list of Tekne finalists and November 20th gala details is available online at The event emcee is Paul Douglas.

About Pearson VUE
Pearson VUE has been a pioneer in the computer-based testing industry for decades, delivering more than 15 million certification and licensure exams annually in every industry from academia and admissions to IT and healthcare. We are the global leaders in developing and delivering high-stakes exams via the world's most comprehensive network of nearly 20,000 highly secure test centers in 180 countries. Our leadership in the assessment industry is a result of our collaborative partnerships with a broad range of clients, from leading technology firms to government and regulatory agencies. For more information, please visit

About the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA)
The Minnesota High Tech Association is an innovation and technology association united in fueling Minnesota’s prosperity. We bring together the people of Minnesota’s science and technology ecosystem and lead the way in bringing science and technology issues to leaders at Minnesota’s Capitol and Washington, D.C. MHTA is the only membership organization that represents Minnesota’s entire technology-based economy.

Our members include organizations of every size − involved in virtually every aspect of technology creation, production, application and education in Minnesota. | @MHTA | @minnesota-high-tech-association

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