IKM has partnered with Walden Personnel Testing to include aptitude tests in its extensive range of employment assessments

New Jersey – USA – Friday, July 21, 2006 IKM, a leading provider of web-based employee and candidate knowledge measurement solutions and services, and Walden, a leading provider of aptitude tests, today announced a partnership that will allow IKM to distribute Walden aptitude tests worldwide.With its existing range of knowledge assessments for many disciplines including ERP, Project Management, Clerical, Call Center, and the leading IT assessment solution, IKM TeckChek™, IKM provides the ability to determine exact areas of strengths and weaknesses of experienced candidates or employees. Used for pre-hire testing, pre- and post-training testing, workforce planning and certifcation, IKM optimizes your Human Capital Management intitiatives and improves the bottom line.

Partnering with Walden to include aptitude tests with IKM’s knowledge-based assessments will allow IKM to provide its clients with an assessment solution when candidates have little or no knowledge in the subject area to measure. This can be an ideal solution for certain recent college graduates or inter-departmental transfers.

Unlike measuring knowledge, aptitude tests measure the capacity or potential of an individual to acquire and usefully apply particular knowledge or skills.

“Aptitude assessments assume no prior knowledge in the discipline so that you can determine whether an inexperienced candidate has the potential to be successful in a role,” said Dr Stephen Berke, Executive Vice President, Walden Personnel Testing and Consulting Inc.

Designed specifically for IT Programmers, Business Analysts and Project Leaders, Walden’s aptitude tests determine traits such as the ability to think logically, follow precise instructions, adjust to change and work under pressure.

“In one hour a full page report can be produced that will determine if your candidate should be considered for the next step, regardless of their past experience,” said Berke.

Integration of the aptitude tests into IKM’s online assessments was completed in June of this year. Formal information sessions will begin in July, where IKM’s clients such as Bank of America, Reuters Software and IBM will be introduced to its new product offering and will be given the opportunity to receive up to 10 free tests.*

“Incorporating aptitude tests allows IKM to provide a complete assessment service to our clients. Having the leadership edge in aptitude testing, Walden was the obvious partner choice,” said Dr Marie-Paule Donsimoni, CEO, IKM.

*One offer valid per company that purchase 10 or more aptitude tests. Exp 30 Oct 2006.

About IKM
IKM provides knowledge measurement solutions and services including web-based assessments, applications, and certification that allow you to enhance and optimize hiring, training, project staffing, skill-gap analysis, benchmarking, career development and certification.

Known for its flagship solution IKM TeckChek™, IKM’s professional range of solutions offers a unique assessment methodology to deliver the most cost efficient and effective way of measuring knowledge.

IKM has a wide range of assessment and certification packages for all industries and disciplines, including IT, Project Management, Sales, ECDL/ICDL, MS Office, Clerical, Legal, Accounting, Retail, Nursing and Call Center.

Used by corporations, IT Outsourcing companies, staffing agencies, training organizations and schools, IKM is a subsidiary of Krest LLC and is headquartered in the US, with offices and affiliations spanning the globe.

IKM’s client base includes Keane, Compuware, Accenture HR, Bank of America, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, GE Capital, Lloyds TSB, Prudential, IBM, Siemens, Nortel and Reuters Software. For more information visit: www.IKMnet.com

About Walden
Walden Personnel Testing & Consulting Inc. has been a leading developer and provider aptitude for positions in Sales, Sales-related functions such as Customer Service, Telemarketing and Call Center, as well as Information Technology, Administration and Managerial. Walden also provides related consulting services in job analysis, test customization and validation.

These tests have helped thousands of organizations understand more about the abilities of their job applicants and prospective trainees. Walden has a different, job-related, valid test for just about every position, and can design, customize and validate any test for any purpose.

Walden tests will give you insight you cannot obtain from the other usual recruiting methods. Reference-checking rarely gets a frank response; interviews favor the smooth talker; and resumes are often exaggerated.

The Walden client will also receive access to a wealth of experience in how to creatively use the various tests in the most effective manner and to produce tangible savings. For more information visit: www.waldentesting.com

IKM AmericasChief Operating Officer USA
Ken Strauss
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IKM EuropeVP European Operations
Richard Newton
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IKM AustralasiaVP Asia Pacific Operations
Frank Palinkas
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IKM AfricaVP of South Africa Operations
Andrew Stark
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Walden Personnel Testing & ConsultingExecutive Vice President
Stephen Berke
Ph: 1 800-361-4908 ext 1
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