Announcing Patent Bar Exam Simulation Software

We are proud to announce the release of our USPTO Registration Exam Simulator**:

The United States Patent and Trademark Office replaced the traditional semi-annual paper-based Registration Exam (Patent Bar) with a computerized year-round offering in the summer of 2004. Upstart Raising provides an emulation of the USPTO patent bar testing software as an aid to prospective registration examinees who wish to practice for the patent bar under the most realistic conditions available outside of the actual exam**. Our software mirrors the basic functionality and navigational controls of the new patent bar testing software and combines this authentic recreation with actual USPTO test questions to provide a completely realistic testing environment.

All of our patent bar exams have been updated to reflect the changes to the law and the rules brought about by the American Inventor’s Protection Act of 1999. Our software grades each completed test session and provides the correct answers alongside explanations for each question. Additionally, each completed test session is saved and made accessible for review at any time. Instructors, tutors, and their students can easily take advantage of this feature to simultaneously review completed test sessions in distributed classroom environments or traditional settings.

You can download or read more about our Patent Bar Simulator here.

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Release of Searchable MPEP

PDF icon Upstart Raising provides searchable copies of both revisions of edition 8 of the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure as a service to the legal community, prospective USPTO registration examinees, and our Patent Bar Simulator software customers.

The new computer-delivered USPTO registration exam is proctored at locations with access to a copy of the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP) that can be searched for specific text in its entirety. The free electronic copies of the MPEP available on our searchable MPEP download page facilitate a similar search both through the Adobe Acrobat Reader search function and the Quick MPEP page search available within the Upstart Raising Patent Bar site.

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NASD Continuing Education Program Firm Element Compliance

**NASD Continuing Education Program:

** The NASD mandated continuing education for all of its registered representatives in 1996. As part of the Firm Element component of this mandated continuing education requirement, each securities firm must develop and administer an ongoing continuing education program to keep it’s employees up-to-date on both job related and product related topics. This NASD section of Upstart Raising provides services which help fulfill the Firm element requirement of the CEP for individuals and entire companies.

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Press Release: GMAT Simulator Software Upgrade

_Upstart Raising's new GMAT practice simulator provides a                      pool of over 300 questions, from the quantitative, verbal,                      and AWA sections of the GMAT exam. The simulator features                      performance-based question selection algorithms, an accurate                      scoring engine, and runs in any Java-capable internet                      browser._                     
                      **May 14, 2004** - Upstart Raising, an online                      educational software and services provider, today announced                      the immediate availability of its new GMAT Simulator.                      Upstart's simulator raises the bar for realistic                      reproductions of the computer adaptive Graduate Management                      Admission Test by featuring exclusive performance-based                      question selection algorithms that accurately simulate the                      real computer-based GMAT exam by selecting each subsequent                      question from a pool of questions of varying difficulty                      based on the current performance of the test-taker.

The new simulator distinguishes itself further by including                      over 300 questions encompassing the quantitative, verbal,                      and Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) sections of the GMAT                      exam. The simulator's user-interface was designed to closely                      resemble the true GMAT "look and feel" by replicating the                      controls and interface of the real exam using platform                      independent Java technology which enables the Simulator to                      run on any computer platform that supports Java-based                      browsers.

"Our simulator targets prospective business school                      candidates who have already completed their individual                      review regimens," said Cindy Anderson, project manager, and                      project lead for the Upstart Raising GMAT Simulator. "Most                      of our customers are seeking a comprehensive simulation of                      the GMAT that enables them to practice their test-taking                      strategies and techniques in an realistic environment. By                      providing feedback for various strategies and                      time-management techniques, our Simulator helps our                      customers achieve their maximum possible score when it                      matters most...the day they sit for the real exam."

For a comprehensive list of features or to download a free                      version of the Simulator please visit the                     [                     Upstart Raising GMAT Simulator HomePage](http://www.upstartraising.com/gmat/index.html)
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Business Schools & the MBA

We have just published the report “Business Schools & the MBA“ in our educational reports section. This new report contains tips and advice for business school candidates who are considering the application process and also includes links to several GMAT preparation resources.

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