And So It Continues…

Apparently, the Scoretop scandal isn’t the only case of cheating that the GMAT has experienced lately. Another form of cheating has been going on, where students pay others to take the GMAT for them. GMAC president David Wilson won’t let on the extent of this form of cheating, but he did say that 590 cases of “proxy” test-taking broken up by federal authorities “underscored the problem.”

So, to counteract this problem, GMAC is planning to introduce palm scanning technology at their testing centers, starting with Korea and India next month, US centers in the fall, and full integration at all centers in the world by next May. These new scanners take a scan of the vein patterns in a person’s palm, which is unique to each person (like fingerprints).

This new technology has a couple of benefits, namely that it is harder to trick these than fingerprint machines, and that the scans are better for privacy than fingerprinting (police can’t take advantage of these scans in investigations, for example).

The other good thing about these new machines is that they aren’t terribly expensive to add to test centers (under $1000 for the technology & training), and the GMAC will NOT be raising the fee to take the GMAT as a result.

You can read more about this here.

Scoretop Update

(If you haven’t heard about the Scoretop scandal yet, you might want to check out our earlier posts on the subject: GMAC Addresses GMAT Cheating Scandal and More on the Scoretop Scandal)

One of the biggest areas of concern for past users of Scoretop, and an area of interest for many outsiders to this whole situation, is how schools will react to the canceling of scores. Yesterday afternoon, BusinessWeek posted an article with responses from top-ranked business schools on this topic.

I found the responses to be an interesting mix. Most schools either refused to make any speculative comments, or said they would wait to see what GMAC’s investigation turned up before deciding on action. But a few schools were more outspoken about taking action against anybody who is considered to have cheated.

You can read the BusinessWeek article here.

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