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National Computer Systems
Maggie Knack

Virtual University Enterprises
Scott Allison

PPI Inc. Selects the NCS-VUE Testing System

Minneapolis, Minn., June 28, 1999 — Virtual University Enterprises (VUE), a division of National Computer Systems, Inc. (NCS) (NASDAQ: NLCS), has announced that Productivity Point International, Inc. (PPI), will recommend VUE as a preferred test delivery partner to their more than 125 learning centers located throughout North America. PPI, the nation’s leader in customized technology learning solutions, will use the VUE Testing System to deliver Information Technology (IT) certification exams for leading software companies such as Microsoft®, Novell® and others.

Peter Squier, senior vice president of PPI, said, “We anticipate enjoying substantial benefits from the flexibility that VUE’s system offers us. Our testing centers will be in complete control of their resources and testing hours. Each center will be able to easily convert existing facilities to accommodate testing demands as they occur. It’s truly testing whenever they want, wherever they want.” Mr. Squier added, “Our tag line is, ‘Get out in front. And stay there.’ VUE’s philosophy seems to be similar - they not only offer a highly advanced and reliable delivery system right now, I’m confident that they will continue to aggressively pursue enhancements to their system to stay in the forefront.”

PPI instructs over one million IT workers annually in the fields of local area networks, client/server computing, applications development and system migration. They are one of Microsoft’s largest Certified Technical Education Center training partners in North America, and one of Novell’s largest networks of Novell Authorized Education Centers.

VUE’s vice president of IT Programs, Neil Crocker said, “We’re very pleased with this announcement, and we are excited to help PPI expand their testing services. We also believe that PPI’s choice is yet one more powerful indicator that NCS is the rapidly emerging leader in this arena.”

VUE ( is an electronic testing, course registration and training administration division of NCS. From operational centers in the United States, Australia and the Netherlands, VUE provides a variety of services to the IT training industry. Currently serving 92 countries, there are more than 1,200 VUE Authorized Testing Centers in their rapidly expanding network. 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 Minneapolis, NCS has 4,000 employees serving its customers from more than 30 locations worldwide.

Microsoft is either a registered trademark or trademark of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries. Novell is a registered trademark of Novell Inc. NCS and the NCS logo are registered trademarks of National Computer Systems, Inc. PPI is a registered trademark of Productivity Point International, Inc.
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