TestOut Granted Patent Pending Status for Simulation Development Technology

September 22, 2002

Patents to Distinguish TestOut as the Leader in Simulation-based

IT Certification Training and Exam Development

PLEASANT GROVE, Utah- September 19, 2002- TestOut announced today that it has received patent pending status for five technologies relating to simulation development, enabling the company to create state-of-the-art, intelligent simulations that push the technology envelope.

TestOut Corporation is an industry-recognized developer of simulation-based training and testing tools for IT network certifications.

The five pending patents recognize the distinguishing characteristics of TestOut’s Experience-based TrainingÔ methodology and simulation technologies that deliver a true-to-life network environment where hands-on training can be obtained.

“Simulations are eclipsing other training techniques and are becoming the benchmark of effective, defensible testing,” said Noel Vallejo, president of TestOut Corporation. “These pending patents further validate what our customers tell us everyday – we do simulations right.”

The catalyst for the pending patent applications is TestOut’s Experience-based TrainingÔ methodology coupled with innovative simulation development techniques, which enable the creation of realistic, virtual network environments. These simulations are incorporated into certification exams and are used to train students preparing for those exams. The five pending patents cover methods for creating simulations and simulation-related tools including:

· The ability to develop open and intelligent simulations

· The ability to develop and edit simulations within the simulated environment

· The ability to utilize partial scoring algorithms for performance measurement

· The ability to simulate communication between routers, using actual router files

· The ability to configure the simulated network, the type of hardware, running conditions, the software and operating systems in a visual database environment

Simulations created with this proprietary technology are incorporated into industry-leading certification programs and training solutions around the globe.

These pending patents confirm TestOut’s position as market-leader in applied simulation technologies for IT certification and training.

About TestOut Corporation

With more than 11 years experience in technology-based IT Certification Training, TestOut Corporation www.testout.com is the leading provider of simulation-based training and testing solutions to the IT Certification industry. TestOut is a privately held corporation with headquarters in Pleasant Grove, Utah. Its Experience-based TrainingÔ curriculum, consisting of an interactive, simulation-rich CourseSim the Lab practice environment and ExamSim; practice certification exam tools used by IT professionals, academic institutions, publishers, and training centers around the world. TestOut’s Simulation Authoring System is used by leading certification providers to create simulation-based certification exams.

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