Palm Vein Scanning (Part II)

Posted on June 8, 2009 | Filed in GMAT

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Why is palm vein scanning more desirable than digital fingerprinting?

According to GMAC, palm vein scanning is virtually impossible to forge, extremely accurate, and the digital encryption involved cannot be read by other systems. There is no smudging involved as there is with digital fingerprinting and is more accessible for some individuals with disabilities.

The system is straightforward. Applicants place their hands several inches above the sensor and the sensor then records each applicant’s unique vein pattern.

You will have your palm vein patterns recorded when you arrive at the testing center to enroll for the GMAT exam. Your pattern will be matched when you return to the testing room after a break. A flash video of what occurs upon arrival at a testing center can be found here:

No. Check-in time for those taking the test the first time will be shorter than fingerprinting. Return testers should expect only an additional 15-30 seconds for the check-in process.

Yes. The light source is akin to that of the infrared light used in remote controls and applicants never touch the sensor.

Privacy is protected in various ways. Once the scan is complete, it is saved as a digital template. After the exam, an encrypted transmission is sent containing the template to Pearson VUE where it is stored separately from other information about the applicant. The vein scan is disclosed to entities outside Pearson VUE only when required by law to detect fraud or prevent illegal activity. Schools do not receive applicants’ vein scans.

Not if they intend to take the GMAT.

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