Palm Vein Reader Biometric Identification
When you go to take the GMAT® exam, you will provide your palm vein pattern as proof of identification.
Before you take the GMAT exam, you will be required to have your palms scanned by a sensor that records the unique pattern formed by your palm veins. The new technology ensures that each test taker has a single GMAT record, preventing people from taking the test for others.
The palm vein reader is part of an ongoing effort by the Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®), the non-profit council that created and administers the GMAT Exam, to maintain test integrity and ensure that the exam is a fair measure of everyone’s ability.
How it Works
The PalmSecure sensor, made by Fujitsu, is easier to use and less intrusive than fingerprinting identification: You simply hold your palm several inches above the two-inch-square sensor for several seconds. Because the blood veins in your palm stay in the same position as you age and through sickness or injury, the pattern record remains unique to you.
Palm vein recognition systems protect access to highly sensitive information and are used in some hospitals in the United States and in automated teller machines in Japan. Because the palm vein pattern readers use digital encryption specific to a user’s system, they provide an extra layer of privacy and assurance that the patterns cannot be used for identification by anyone else in any other context.