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NCS Selected by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing as the Exclusive Provider of NCLEX® Examination Testing Services

NCS to launch network of 200 company-owned professional testing centers

Minneapolis, Minn., August 2, 1999 — National Computer Systems, Inc. (NCS) (NASDAQ: NLCS), announced today that it has signed an exclusive contract to provide electronic testing and examination development services to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (National Council). This seven-year agreement calls for NCS to begin delivery of the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX®) on October 1, 2002, and is estimated to be valued at more than $100 million in total revenue.

President of National Council’s Board of Directors Jo Elizabeth Ridenour said, “We believe that this decision will carry the National Council’s testing program into the future with a strong partner who shares our commitment to valid and reliable nurse licensure assessment. NCS has the foundation and expertise to support the NCLEX® examination program to our expected levels of excellence.”

NCS Chairman and CEO Russ Gullotti stated, “We are delighted that the National Council has entrusted us with the examination program used to license all nurses to practice in the U.S. and its territories. Further, with the National Council as the launch partner for our professional testing network, we will be adding significant new capabilities to our testing business; a business already testing more than 40 million people a year.”

Leveraging its existing electronic testing technology, NCS will deliver NCLEX® examinations through its internet-based testing system in a network of company owned and operated testing centers. NCS will build a professional testing network of 200 testing centers across the United States and its territories to serve the needs of professional licensing clients.

Eloise Cathcart, Executive Director of the National Council commented, “NCS’ reputation for outstanding customer service, their expertise in the testing arena and their strong technical capabilities were important elements considered by boards of nursing before reaching this decision. NCS worked closely with our organization in a very open manner to structure a system that would best meet the needs of our Member Boards. We are confident that together we can continue to advance our nurse licensure examination so that it remains the hallmark of quality assessment programs and continues to support Member Boards in their mission to protect the public health, safety and welfare.”

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. ( is a not-for-profit organization based in Chicago. Its members include boards of nursing from all 50 United States, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories, including American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The mission of the National Council is to lead in nursing regulation by assisting Member Boards, collectively and individually, to promote safe and effective nursing practice in the interest of protecting public health and welfare.

NCS is a global information services company providing software, services, and systems for the collection, management, and interpretation of data. NCS ( serves important segments of the education, testing, assessment, and complex data management markets. NCS provides the technology, experience, and quality customer service essential in improving customers’ information systems. Headquartered in Minnesota, NCS has 4,200 employees serving its customers from more than 30 locations worldwide.

The National Council logo, NCLEX, NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN are registered trademarks of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. NCS and the NCS logo are registered trademarks of National Computer Systems, Inc.
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