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Pearson is collecting student fingerprints and palm-vein scans … What the?!

Trying to get to the bottom of what, if anything, students sign to promise non-disclosure of Pearson’s exam content, I was pointed towards this form…

Pearson NDA

I have so many questions, such as does a parent signing this legally bind their child to the agreement? And what if a parent is not able to read and comprehend that contract? Do parents really understand fully what they are signing? Does every student/parent get a copy of the PTE Test Taker handbook to peruse? … and so on.

But what I want to ask most of all is this…

What the heck are Pearson collecting fingerprints and palm-vein scans for?!

And who ensures that data is safe?


~ Dianne



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6 thoughts on “Pearson is collecting student fingerprints and palm-vein scans … What the?!

  1. We do live in the United States of America right ?


    Posted by Desiree | March 16, 2015, 7:26 am
    • It’s for people wishing to get into American universities (among other things). When I was at uni (many years ago) a graduate student off to do a PhD at an American university had to take the English as a foreign language test. They didn’t consider our English English. Hopefully things have changed, if not, that’s the test NZers will be taking to get into Harvard etc.


      Posted by mjpledger | March 16, 2015, 8:27 am
  2. #SuckItPearson and #PARCCisCCRAP are my two new mottos. This is ridiculous and out of hand


    Posted by Julie | March 16, 2015, 8:08 am
  3. Pearson’s PTE exam is for non-native speakers of English to show their proficiency in English for admission to universities in English speaking countries and also in some countries for visa applications. The need for confirmation of identity is due to the high stakes associated with this exam’s use. I think most people would understand the need for heightened security given the purpose of the exam.

    This is for older teens and adults. This is not given to students in American schools.


    Posted by Stiles | March 17, 2015, 4:22 am


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