Has anyone from the Uk, particularly the Manchester area noticed a massive decline in the number of Pearson Vue testing centres?
I've had to use 3 different testing centres in the last 12 months as they keep closing down:
Pitman Training - Stockport = Closed
Taitec - Manchester = Closed
Wigan and Leigh College = Closed as of 20th December.
Considering Pearson Vue's European headquarters are in Manchester, it seems stupid that the nearest testing centre is now 30 miles away. I wouldn't mind if I lived out in the sticks somewhere, but Manchester is the 3rd (some say the 2nd city).
I spoke to the guy at Wigan and Leigh college and he said they are closing because its not worth the money. He said they only receive £4.00 for every exam they host, which considering I paid £115.00 to sit my Cisco exam today means someone somewhere is making a tidy profit.
Having some familiarity with where you're taking an exam gives you one last thing to think about. Exams are stressful enough without going to a different test centre every time. Where's the building? Where can I park? Where's the room? Will the machines be reliable?
Makes me wonder if Cisco are planning on jumping ship and moving to Prometric???