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Pearson VUE provides a full suite of services from test development to data management, and delivers exams through the world’s most comprehensive and secure network of test centers in 165 countries.
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November 03, 2019
dcummins

Joined: Feb 14, 2017

Posts: 1312

Kudos: 715

Verified score:
650 Q47 V33

Filthy Equipment, and excessively stringent staff

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I've sat about 4 tests at the Sydney Market st location - couldn't see this on the list.

The test centre is pretty filthy. No matter what time of day i've taken the test, without fail, every time i touch the mouse and keyboard its oily and dirty.

CLEAN YOUR Equipment.

Its disgusting.

Secondly, most recently everyone gets asked to pat themselves down.

I've worn skinny jeans and you could probably see my crotch if you looked in the right area, so I'm not sure why students need to pat themselves down before and after they enter the room. This is just stupid as there are enough cameras to catch someone cheating if the proctors are doing their job.

The other thing to note is just how absurd it is to be sat with people taking IELTS tests. The exam room quickly turns into a sweat-shop with the volume of IELTS examinees.

No two monitors are the same. Do you know how much of a difference this makes when the resolution is blown out on one screen and the resolution is sharp and perfect on another?

All the above adds some serious stress and barriers to performing well on the GMAT.


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November 23, 2019
FSpartan

Joined: Jan 30, 2018

Posts: 10

Kudos: 3

Self-reported Score:
680 Q47 V35

Test center in Akaretker, Besiktas

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Located in a convenient place, accessible both by public transport and a car, entrance is not as obvious, from the yard, there is PWC office I believe. Rules weren't as rigid as I expected(or had a wrong perception to begin with), was late by 10 minutes(because of the disguised entrance, its good to come in advance) but was allowed to sit, staff is friendly and professional, you can have drink/snack in breaks, but you must take them off from your bag/backpack and put separately before sitting. There is a WC on the same floor, but you aren't allowed to leave the building. There are 4 stations, all seems new and reliable, staff provides with headphones, pads as usual, in addition you can get earplugs if you more accustomed to. Usually tests are at the morning but sometimes afternoon windows are also open, I do better on afternoon, so that was advantage for me. Overall rather pleasant experience, despite test anxiety. Thanks to the staff and good luck to test takers.

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November 19, 2019
sumithjjwala3

Joined: Oct 27, 2016

Posts: 1

Kudos: 1

Good test centre, has qwerty keyboard

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My overall test center experience was great,

1. Location
- easy to find, i took a taxi to the test centre

2. Parking
- didnt use, so no comments

3. Washroom
- Clean and tidy , big enough as per paris standards

4. Test center invigilators
- strict & pleasant

5. Earplugs the typical orange ones were provided

6. English keyboard/QWERTY was available

7. Lockers
- One is assigned a private locker to keep "ALL" the belongings , you can access the same during breaks to have snack/drink, dont access your phone/notes , they wil be in the same locker,

8. Are you thirsty? Don't worry!
- A cold/hot water dispenser is available

9. Environment
- Silent and bright, quite big sized room
This is actually a peasron office and there is a designated reception area for people giving tests/ then you are escorted in the WAR room

10. Temperature
- Moderate (Not too hot, not too cold), i was wearing a light sweater

11. Keyboard & mouse
- Great quality (The condition is good so don't worry about sounds), english keyboard

12. Chair
- Very comfortable

13. One scratchpad & one marker pen was given
-marker will dry out if you keep it open (GMAC, how can you be so naive to give such a faulty marker worldwide, closing the cap/opening it during an exam where time is everything is unacceptable, i am going to send a note to GMAT on this, not that i would be the only one/first one)

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November 09, 2019
SchruteDwight

Joined: Sep 03, 2018

Posts: 252

Kudos: 25

Verified score:
710 Q48 V40

New Horizons Hamburg

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- Was the test center conveniently located?
Approximately 10 minutes from the main train station by train.

- Was it easy to find?
It was easy to find

- Were the staff polite and respectful?
Staff was both polite and respectful

- Were there proper facilities and restrooms?
Proper facilities and restrooms were provided.

- What was the noise level from external sources (street, lights, A/C, etc)?
There was some noise from the adjacent street, but that is somewhat inevitable.

- Why would you retake the test here or in another location?
I would take the test again here because it provides a sufficient testing environment.

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November 06, 2019
anbknaga

Joined: Aug 27, 2018

Posts: 93

Kudos: 54

Verified score:
650 Q48 V31

Pearson VUE Chennai is GREAT

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The test center was located in the main road and was easy to locate. The facility was well maintained and quiet. The staff were considerate of the nervous test takers and were always ready to help and guide with whatever questions we had. However one down side was there was only one restroom for men and women each. Even though the facility was located in main road, it had no sounds coming from external environment. The test center also has sound proof head sets for each computer and it was super effective.

The overall experience was GREAT and I would highly recommend that you book your GMAT exam here in this facility at Aminjikarai.

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October 30, 2019
Tanichi

Joined: Sep 30, 2017

Posts: 16

Kudos: 7

Review - pearson test center delhi

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I wrote my GMAT exam last year at the delhi center near Hauz khas. The best thing about the center was that it was close to my house and as such at a centrally located market in the city. The premises were clean & as such all the required facilities were there. the only thing was while i was giving the test, there was some noise from the market outside which was distracting.
They do give headphones for noise cancellation, but its irritating to wear those after some time.

Although im not sure if the center is still operational. This time while booking my gmat date i couldn't locate it, so had to pick gurugram, which is technically in a different state

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October 20, 2019
fauji

Joined: Jan 05, 2015

Posts: 139

Kudos: 79

Bangalore GMAT Test Center - Prestige Atrium, Shivajinagar

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- Test Center Location: Pearson Professional Centers-Bangalore 2 KAR, Prestige Atrium, Unit 101, Ground Floor
Central Street, Shivajinagar, Bangalore
Karnataka 560001, India
- Nearest points: Cubbon Park Metro(~700 mts), Shivajinagar Bus stand(~400 mts), 10 Mins walk to the center.
- Parking Available (A bit high price, i guess around INR 30 per hour)
- Background Noise: little bit from outside esp. when heavy honking/traffic is there. You can use Noise Cancellation headphones which are available at each desk and quite effective.
- Restroom/Lockers/Drinking Water: Available within the center.
- Computers : Very good condition, Monitors screens are of large size, i struggled initially a bit due to it. Most of the time i had practiced on 11 inch screen.
- Staff: Polite and Helpful.

My score was not up to the mark, so i canceled my score. I would recommend this center to everyone with one thing in mind about small outside noise(I prefer very quiet environment and can be disturbed even with very little noise level) which may not be same for other. Good thing is 3M Noise cancellation headphones are available at every desk and you can totally be in your world while giving exam. I would recommend this and will retake at same center if my fate gives another chance.

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October 02, 2019
rencsee

Joined: May 13, 2017

Posts: 121

Kudos: 225

Verified score:
530 Q42 V22

Improved service

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I visited this test center two times so far. It is located at a business park in Espoo. Not difficult to find the place.

I give five star to facilities. There is wide variety of tea you can pick for yourself in the break. There are lockers for your stuffs and little food boxes for your snacks. Downstairs coffee place if you need to grab a fast snack or coffee before the exam.

Restroom was all right. I guess it would be nice to have at least two toilet. In case candidates have break the same time. Eight minutes isn't much.

I don't have a big head but the noise canceler is crazy tight. Pushing out all the knowledge I hardly gained :P

My first time test experience was far away from desired: I barely had my breaks. I needed to wait 2+minutes to be noticed when I wanted to go out. The girl handling check-in and check-out of candidates was not very prepared maybe she just started working there. One of the candidates got checked-in for the second part of the test with 2 minutes delay because she couldn't find the administrating girl.

I feared that something similar will happen next occasion but because of the lack of choices in Finland and because of my poor result, I needed to go again. Surprisingly, for my second time, a much more efficient system has been developed. You could go out, administrative person was promptly available to check me out. and by the time I palm-checked in, the codes to enter the exam had been typed in my cp. Just needed to click continue. Way more efficient. Less stressful.

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September 24, 2019
amitanshumaity

Joined: Feb 13, 2018

Posts: 89

Kudos: 77

Finally! A better test center for folks in Pune, India.

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I just took the test on September 24, 2019, and would like to share my experience of the test center. But, before I get into the details have you heard of ' The Butterfly Effect' - The flapping of wings of a tiny creature as small as a butterfly can even cause a storm.

The test center is located Tower2, World trade center, Eon free zone, Kharadi, Pune. it is not at all difficult to find the test center given the popularity of the landmark. But, it is located at one extreme end of the city. If like me, you are commuting from the other extreme end of the city it can take up to or over 2 hours(chances are you will face heavy traffic) to reach the test center. I would request that you plan your commute accordingly and keep at least half-an-hour as buffer. Reaching very early won't help you as the security won't allow you beyond the reception before 1 hour of your appointment. Still, if you reach very early there are couple of cafes located in the business park or the campus and you might consider waiting there.

Once you reached world trade center, you need to go to Tower 2 which is the first tower on the left as soon as you enter through the gate. You need to request the receptionist to check you in and she will ask for your ID and will click your digital photograph. After that, you will be provided with a temporary pass which authorizes you to go to test center located on the fifth floor.

Once you reach the fifth floor navigate and find the Pearson center as the tower consists multiple offices. Once you find it, it would suggest do not enter but rather check the nearest restroom and make yourself comfortable. Check, the time left and prepare yourself mentally for test. The gates of the test center are always locked and once you go near it security would be sitting on the other side of the glassdoor and will ask your appointment time. He will confirm with the admin and then let you in after you switch off your cellphone completely.

Now once you're in the admin will ask which exam you came for as the center conducts different exams at the same time. Once you confirm, he/she will ask for PASSPORT BOOK and will verify the details and will tell you the locker number in which you can put your belongings. He will give you a DO's and Dont's card and will ask to go through. Remember, you won't have enough time to make yourself comfortable so be prepared unlike me. All your belongings should be in your bag except eatables,medicines and eye drops that you want to access during breaks. You won't be allowed to wear the light sweater which GMAT HANDBOOK mentions and will have to store your jacket in the locker. Also, you may consider bringing a handkerchief to wipe your face in case you plan to splash water on your face during breaks or wipe off any smudge on your specs. Even, that innocent piece of cloth isn't allowed sadly and has to be kept in the locker{ not in your bag}. In short, you can access your locker during the breaks but your bag ( consider untouchable).
The test center infrastructure is very good and is in line with what GMAT claims. But, please do not violate any rules the guys are very strict in there and can cancel your score. Ask what considers to be a violation to mitigate gray areas.

I will be re-taking the GMAT again and my performance was not even close to my preparation levels. Things can go out of hand pretty quickly even before you realize. I learned a lot from this experience and want the folks in the community to not learn the HARD way.

Please, reach out if you have any queries.

P.S It is a long review, but believe me I didn't want to leave any areas unexplored so that people can anticipate and prepare for what's coming.

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September 06, 2019
Aashutoshkumar

Joined: May 16, 2018

Posts: 16

Kudos: 34

Verified score:
660 Q49 V31

agile technologies review

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Firstly, although the place is well listed on google maps and tagged everywhere, finding the entry point to the building is a task. The center is on the 4th floor of the building and the list is operational only till the 3rd.

Moving on, once you enter the test center, it is quite well maintained and the staff is cordial and well behaved. I had an issue with the worksheets they provide and in-spite of keeping my hand raised for several seconds the worksheet was not changed and i had to literally barge out and collect the worksheets myself.
Further more, in the IR section the link failed. All the candidates were then escorted outside and the entire system had to be rebooted again.The facilitator did however award us a couple of minutes for it, but the damage was already done.
This definitely led to the decline in the score of IR section and was a bad experience throughout. I would highly recommend the test takers to be careful while booking this center.

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