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NATIONAL COMPUTER SYSTEMS REPORTS FIRST QUARTER RESULTS

 MINNEAPOLIS, May 20 /PRNewswire/ -- National Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: NLCS) (NCS) today announced that both revenues and earnings increased for the first quarter ended April 30, 1993 compared with the first quarter of 1992.
 Revenues were $68,514,000, a 4.5 percent increase over the $65,543,000 reported last year. Net income for the first quarter increased to $1,732,000 with earnings per share of $.11, compared with $1,574,000 and $.10, respectively, a year ago.
 Chairman and CEO Charles W. Oswald said, "We are pleased with our first quarter results. Sales of scanning systems for business, education and international applications were solidly higher. Also, our school management software sales continued the positive trend that we reported in last year's fourth quarter. Looking ahead to the full year, we expect continued revenue growth and improving profitability."
 National Computer Systems, Inc. is an information services company serving education, business, financial and assessment markets. The company's common stock is traded on the National Market System under the NASDAQ symbol NLCS.
 INCOME STATEMENT
 (In thousands, except per share amounts)
 Three Months Ended
 4/30/93 4/30/92
 Revenues $68,514 $65,543
 Income from operations 3,151 3,325
 Interest and other expense 357 791
 Income before taxes 2,794 2,534
 Income taxes 1,062 960
 Net income $1,732 $1,574
 Primary earnings per share $.11 $.10
 Average shares outstanding 15,954 16,190
 CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS
 (In millions)
 Assets
 4/30/93 1/31/93
 Current assets $87.1 $98.8
 Property, plant & equipment, net 62.8 62.1
 Other assets 55.1 53.8
 Total assets $205.0 $214.7
 Liabilities & Equity
 4/30/93 1/31/93
 Current liabilities $50.8 $60.0
 Deferred Taxes 9.5 9.5
 Long-term debt 26.3 23.9
 Stockholders' equity 118.4 121.3
 Total liabilities &
 stockholders' equity $205.0 $214.7
 -0- 5/20/93
 /CONTACT: Adrienne Tietz of National Computer Systems, 612-829-3033/
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