B-Schools Use Palm Scans to Catch Cheats

ID confirmation targets impostors taking admissions exam
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 22, 2008 1:58 PM CDT
Students who take the Graduate Management Admission Test will be required to submit a "palm vein" scan.
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(Newser) – In an effort to foil cheaters, top American business schools will require a high-tech identity check of applicants taking the standardized admissions test, reports the Wall Street Journal. The crackdown on the use of paid impostors will require GMAT takers to undergo a "palm vein" scan, which is unique to each individual.

The prevalence of "proxy" scams is unclear, but a management professor who surveyed more than 200,000 students over nearly 2 decades found that business schools attract more cheaters than other graduate and professional schools. He said it makes sense that B-schools are "protecting the integrity of their test, whatever it takes."