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Mar 2 2012   4:35PM GMT

Pearson VUE Goes Biometric for Cert Testing

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Anne Martinez at has posted an interesting video from Pearson VUE that shows how certification exam candidates will be screened upon entry to one of that company’s testing centers. After reviewing testing rules, candidates must go through an admissions process. This starts with two forms of ID, including one government-issued ID with photo, then you’ll sign your name on a digital signature pad. Then you’ll provide a digital fingerprint, and a palm vein scan for biometric identity check. Then your photograph will be taken, and all the data securely stored with exam information — and eventually, exam results — at Pearson-VUE HQ.

You’ll be assigned a locker where you can store all your personal effects (nothing goes into the testing room with you, except what Pearson issues to you). Your palm will be scanned again before you enter the testing room. Your hand will be scanned each time you leave the testing room, and whenever you return from a break. You will also be under video surveillance during the entire testing period.

Get used to a highly controlled and highly monitored test experience. Check out the video: “Testing at Pearson-VUE: Biometric Check-In Overview.” Very interesting!

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