Pearson Unveils Spanish Versions of Leading Workforce Evaluations

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Watson-Glaser II and Workplace Personality Inventory Assessments Translated to Offer Employers More Flexibility in Recruitment and Talent Management

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The Assessment and Information group of Pearson, the education technology and services company, today announced the release of Spanish versions of two leading workforce evaluations: the Watson-Glaser II and the Workplace Personality Inventory (WPI). By offering Spanish versions of these research-based assessments, Pearson seeks to assist companies with the recruitment and retention of qualified Spanish-speaking workers.

By 2050, 25 percent of the U.S. population is estimated to be of a Hispanic ethnicity, and companies are looking to capitalize on this opportunity by working with Hispanic-owned businesses and employing Latinos to remain competitive. With the Spanish versions, Pearson expands the reach of organizations and businesses using the Watson-Glaser II, a critical-thinking and decision-making assessment, and the WPI, a personality-based screening that measures key work styles, as workforce selection and development tools.

To maintain the fidelity of the assessments' content, expert translators, with a specialization in psychological tests, assisted Pearson with the translation of all questions and instructions and ensured the Spanish translations were appropriate for any Spanish-speaker.

"With the release of a Spanish Watson-Glaser and Workplace Personality Inventory, Pearson is building on its long history of serving the Spanish-speaking population and continuing our commitment to ensuring the equity of assessment among all populations. Assessments that measure personality elements and critical thinking abilities hinge on many verbal nuances of language, which is why this translation effort was so important. We want to ensure our test-takers are able to be assessed accurately, using their native language," said Aurelio Prifitera, group president and CEO of the Clinical Assessment group of Pearson.

Additionally, hiring managers plan to aggressively recruit women and Hispanics in the next year, according to a survey conducted by CareerBuilder.com and America Online, with one-third of hiring managers expecting diverse candidates to comprise at least 25 percent of their new hires.

"Many companies are looking to diversify their workforce to reflect the changing face of America's own population. The new Spanish translations of Pearson's workforce assessments can help with that goal by providing businesses with proven means of effectively evaluating applicants," Prifitera said.

The Spanish versions are well suited for international companies conducting business in the United States, American businesses seeking to expand into Spanish-speaking environments and large, multi-national companies.

Pearson TalentLens publishes the Watson-Glaser II and the WPI, along with other scientific assessments that are used globally to hire and develop the 21st century workforce. TalentLens' instruments measure critical thinking, problem solving and a range of job skills to deliver data-driven insights that inform and clarify an organization's human capital decisions. Learn more at http://www.TalentLens.com.

About Pearson
Pearson (NYSE:PSO), the global leader in education and education technology, provides innovative print and digital education materials for preK through college, student information systems and learning management systems, teacher professional development, career certification programs, and testing and assessment products that set the standard for the industry. Pearson's other primary businesses include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group. For more information about the Assessment and Information group of Pearson, visit http://www.pearsonassessments.com/.

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