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National Computer Systems
Maggie Knack

Virtual University Enterprises
Scott Allison

NCS-VUE’S Test Delivery Contract Renewed by Microsoft

Extension Comes a Year Early

Minneapolis, Minn., October 8, 1999 — National Computer Systems, Inc., (NCS) (NASDAQ: NLCS) announced today that Microsoft Corp. has renewed its contract with Virtual University Enterprises (VUE), a division of NCS, through June 2001. VUE currently performs electronic test delivery of Information Technology (IT) certification exams for Microsoft.

“VUE continues to set high standards for service in the certification industry and has rapidly grown its test delivery channel to enable opportunities for IT professionals worldwide - they have clearly demonstrated the merits of competition,” said Donna Senko, director of Certification and Skills Assessment for Microsoft Corp. “As Microsoft exams continue to evolve and new certifications such as MCSE for Windows 2000 are announced, exams will include more analysis, design and troubleshooting elements. We are confident that VUE’s technology will provide the necessary support for our test publishing and delivery requirements.”

Neil Crocker, VUE vice president of IT Programs, said, “We are very pleased that Microsoft has chosen to extend its contract with us. It is an unmistakable indication of the confidence Microsoft has placed in VUE’s abilities to keep pace with today’s fast-moving technology, and an endorsement of the benefits of competition. For instance, VUE is leading the way delivering Microsoft’s new technology exam 70-100 Analyzing Requirements and Defining Solution Architectures worldwide.” Mr. Crocker added, “VUE has over 1500 test delivery locations in 110 countries enjoying our commitment to advanced testing technologies and customer service. Much of our phenomenal growth is due to the wonderful opportunities and support Microsoft has given us. We are very excited about continuing to work with Microsoft.”

VUE ( is the 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 100 countries, there are more than 1500 VUE Authorized Testing Centers in its 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. Headquartered in Minneapolis, NCS has 4,200 employees serving its customers from more than 30 locations worldwide.

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