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.
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.
Today we would like to take a look at the benefits and limitations of a computer adaptive test. Not that we can persuade the GMAC to bring back the paper test; Rather, we would like you to be acutely aware of the upside and downside of taking such a test in order to best acclimate yourself to the test environment.
In general, a CAT greatly increases the flexibility of test management. The key benefits include:
Despite the above advantages, computer adaptive tests have numerous limitations, and they raise several technical and procedural issues. Here we just focus on the limitations for the GMAT.
Conclusion: Practice makes perfect! Prepare with more CATs. Read long articles on your computer screen. Take mock tests in a setting similar to your test center during the same time period of a day. Reduce your response time in the areas you are best at, for example, getting your Sentence Correction time down to less than 1 minute per question. That way you can save time for the question types that you are less confidence about and achieve an overall higher total score!
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