TestOut ® Corporation Releases TestOut Desktop Pro Plus

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Expands Its Product Line into Microsoft Office® 2016 Training

TestOut, an expert in online, experience-based training that helps students obtain industry certifications and workforce success, today announced the release of Desktop Pro Plus (http://www.testout.com/home/it-certification-training/labsim-certification-training/desktop-pro), the newest addition to their Microsoft Office® training series.

As with all TestOut products, Desktop Pro Plus includes industry leading high-fidelity simulations designed to give students the best virtual hands-on experience in configuring hardware, building secure networks, and using operating systems and applications. As a complete learning solution, Desktop Pro Plus teaches basic computer skills and builds true proficiency in the Microsoft Office® 2016 applications Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. Desktop Pro Plus is designed to give students the confidence needed for academic success, while preparing them to pass their Microsoft Office Specialist® exams (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/mos-certification.aspx).

“TestOut released our first course for office workers, Desktop Pro, in 2015,” said Jeff Randall, Product Manager for the Desktop Pro Series. “The course covers the essentials of Microsoft Office® and the response from instructors has been very positive. They like it so much that they requested we expand the Desktop series for use in their other Office courses.”

Desktop Pro Plus is an all-in-one solution; it does not require printed textbooks or access to Microsoft Office applications — a significant cost savings for students and academic institutions. Professionally designed, and easy to follow instructional videos (http://www.testout.com/desktop-pro/desktop-pro-plus-instructor-access-2yr) show students how to perform required tasks, while helping them understand the importance of mastering concepts.

Desktop Pro Plus includes Skill, Challenge and Application (http://www.testout.com/desktop-pro/desktop-pro-plus-instructor-access-2yr) practice labs. These labs are specifically designed to give students hands-on experience while utilizing the skills necessary to build true proficiency.

Desktop Pro Plus also makes the job of an instructor easier. The course can be used in online self-study mode, or as the foundation for an instructor-led flipped (http://www.testout.com/docs/downloads/testout-ebook-flipping-the-traditional-classroom-v9.pdf?sfvrsn=2) or virtual classroom. Desktop Pro Plus is designed to free-up time from grading and class lectures so that instructors can give more personalized attention to students. For administrators, Desk Top Pro Plus can help to create a more consistent learning experience for students to receive the best training possible. An additional benefit is that by using simulations, it removes the issues associated with students using different versions of operating systems and Office® applications.

“TestOut is different from a typical publisher because of the way we train, assess, and care,” said Noel Vallejo, TestOut’s CEO. For 25 years, TestOut has been creating high-quality learning curricula, assessments, and certifications that are centered on in-demand job skills. Noel continued, “If I could give students one thing it would be confidence. Students using our courses gain valuable job skills and build confidence in their abilities, which is a great foundation for their personal success.”

About TestOut Corporation
TestOut’s mission is to improve a person’s life through education using breakthrough technology. Founded in 1991, TestOut Corporation is a leader in online training and certification. Through LabSim® software, its end-to-end experience-based training technology, students gain virtual on-the-job skills that enhance self-confidence and career opportunities. TestOut’s globally recognized simulations exactly mimic real-world IT and office application environments, providing the lessons that only experience can teach. This same technology is used in its TestOut Pro performance-based certifications, giving employers’ confidence that applicants can do the job, knowing their skills have been validated in a virtual hands-on environment. For more information, visit http://www.testout.com.

Press Contacts
Ladd Timpson, Vice President of Marketing
Jeff Randall, Product Manager
TestOut Corporation
50 South Main Street
Pleasant Grove, Utah 84062, USA
Telephone: 801-796-5200
E-mail: ltimpson(at)testout(dot)com

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