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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: http://www.mba.com/mbasite/resources/globalgmat/

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.

Posted on June 8, 2009 by Manhattan Review

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1.) Start from the VERY basics: memorize all the glossaries and formulae until they come to you as a second nature.

2.) Formulate a plan with dedicated math hours per day, per week, per topic and per test category.

3.) Practice with each separate and related math conceptual areas and sub-areas at ONE time. Do NOT move on to a less relevant topic until you achieve your targeted proficiency level.

4.) If you start at least 2 or 3 months before the scheduled exam, do NOT time yourself initially to dampen your own confidence. Rather, after solving a problem, compare your solution to the one in the book, stop for a moment and think about other approaches you could have taken or intermediate steps you could have avoided to get to the same answer choice.

5.) Write down the type of mistakes you have made while practicing. Scan through the list of your common errors each time before you start to practice a series of problems to reinforce the correct approach in your mind.

6.) Start with Problem Solving first to build or rebuild a solid math foundation. Master it. Then go on to Data Sufficiency.

7.) When in Data Sufficiency, ask yourself “Is the answer definitive with ONLY one result?” If yes, then ask yourself “Which condition or combination of the conditions will lead to this ONE result. Do not get yourself confused with the question “Can this problem be solved based on the conditions given?” Often times, the answer can be derived based on the conditions; however, multiple answers can be derived, not the single result the Data Sufficiency question is typically asking for.

8.) After you studied all the conceptual topics and finished a good number of practice problems related to those topics, then start to time yourself and try to finish 37 questions within 75 minutes WITHOUT a break. If you are doing well, try to finish 40 questions within 75 minutes WITHOUT a break. Continue to increase number of questions you work with in the same time span.

9.) So you are ready now. Take a mock computer adaptive test and focus on math only. Take another one.

10.) Take an entire mock computer adaptive test with the scheduled breaks just as on the real test.

11.) Practice, practice, practice! Consult with expert instructors when you need help!

12.) You will achieve your targeted math score!

Additional Tips:

*Be aware of the relative weight the GMAT places on topics. Number properties and algebra come up again and again–master these topics before spending time on less commonly tested areas such as probability.

*Train yourself to avoid unnecessary calculations, particularly on Data Sufficiency. Remember that it is enough to know that a solution can be derived, whether or not you know the actual solution.

Posted on November 3, 2007 by Manhattan Review

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