Japan IT agency picks Prometric for computer-based testing

Japan’s Information Technology Promotion Agency (IPA) has chosem Promtric to deliver computer-based testing (CBT) for its two national exams — the Fundamental Information Technology Engineer Examination (FE) and the Information Security Management Examination (SG).

Prometric to deliver IPA’s tests throughout Prometric’s test centre network which covers all 47 prefectures of Japan. It expects to deliver 2.5 million tests in Japan this year for a cumulative total of more than 30 million tests delivered domestically.

The SG and FE exams will be available from December 1, 2020 and January 5, 2021 respectively at about 160 test centres nationwide.

“Prometric’s operational and technological expertise, combined with our consistent adherence to the highest levels of exam security, will enable us to deliver the national exams via CBT in a high-quality testing environment that gives each candidate peace of mind during the process,” said Jim Hagenbucher, Vice President and General Manager of Prometric Japan.

Turning to CBT provides greater ease and accessibility to more than 120,000 FE and 28,000 SG test takers annually. Candidates can select their preferred time, date and test centre:

To ensure exam integrity, the test centres feature:

  • An incident prevention/detection system
  • A consolidated test environment with monitors, partitions and lockers
  • Spoofing prevention through strict identity verification
  • Fraud monitoring by surveillance cameras and on-site test supervisors

All Prometric test centres carry out rigourous accession screening and annual operational audits. Also in place are COVID-19 infection prevention measures such as mask wearing, social distancing, reducing physical touch points, regular disinfection, and improved ventilation.