New Delhi: Prometric Testing Pvt. Ltd has said it will offer a retest to 10,500 candidates on 30-31 January as part of phase II of Common Admission Test (CAT) 2009. These candidates include those who could not sit for the exam at all, those who got more than their fair share of time and those who had a less-than-satisfactory test experience.
The first-ever online CAT, a qualifying exam for the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), was marred by computer snags and test cancellations in its first phase from 28 November to 8 December.
Take two: Students at an online CAT exam centre. Bachchan Kumar / HT
In an emailed reply to Mint, Prometric said 40% of the candidates being offered a retest had not been able to take the test during the 11-day testing window due to cancellation of the test.
“Another 400 candidates, who experienced significant disruptions, had received more than 140 minutes. These candidates may have had an unfair advantage over other candidates, and their original results will be nullified. These candidates must appear for the second phase, in order to receive a valid score,” the company said.
It said of the 216,000 candidates who successfully completed their test, 6,000 may have received a less than satisfactory testing experience.
“The IIMs and Prometric agreed that these candidates be given the opportunity to retest in the interest of fairness,” the firm said. “For these candidates, the phase II retake is strictly optional.”