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October 01, 2004

Harcourt Acquires PhonePass Producer

Leading test publisher Harcourt Assessment, Inc., announced on Wednesday that it has acquired Ordinate Corporation, a privately held company that specializes in automated language proficiency assessments and provides test delivery and scoring services. In Japan, Ordinate's PhonePass telephone-based testing system is rapidly gaining popularity. (More about PhonePass)

The acquisition immediately advances Harcourt’s ability to offer technology-enabled English, Spanish and other spoken language proficiency assessments and testing services to its customers in the United States and globally. It also positions Harcourt for future growth in the field of technology-based assessment.

Headquartered in Menlo Park, Calif., Ordinate Corporation is the first company to develop a completely automated method for evaluating spoken language proficiency based on advanced speech recognition technology. Used by educational, commercial and government organizations worldwide, its tests can be administered anytime and anywhere, and score reports are available in a matter of minutes.

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