Introducing the Future of Assessment
January 2, 2013
We are delighted to introduce you to
, an online assessment platform that gives you access to your favorite PAR instruments through the convenience of a secure, easy-to-use Web site.
is an intuitive system that allows you to focus on what is most important to you—whether that means scoring your favorite
assessments quickly and easily, administering instruments through our secure online system, or allowing our powerful interpretive logic help formulate your treatment plans. Whether you are a researcher looking for a quick way to score paper-and-pencil administrations, a clinician in need of immediate interpretation, or a school psychologist wanting to use e-mail to send assessments,
is a highly individualized and customizable interface that brings your work to you, wherever you are. We are so proud of the
system that we would like to offer you three free assessments and three free reports so you can try it without risk. Register today and experience
to learn more or call 1.855.856.4266 to register.
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