Business Schools May Scan Palms To Curb Cheating

Renee Montagne has today's Last Word in business.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Top business schools are trying to turn around the problem of cheating using a new technology. Our last word in business is hand scan. The idea is to curb the problem of proxy test taking. That's when those applying to a business school hire other people to take the standardized test known as the GMAT for them.

A ring of proxy test takers was broken up five years ago, and B schools have been beefing up I.D. checks. This new technology would require students to hold their palms over a small cube before sitting down to take the test. The cube scans the uniquely patterned veins in each person's palms. Scanning of palm veins is slated for GMAT test centers in Korea and India next month, and possibly next fall in the U.S.

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