Aspiring business school students preparing for the GMAT® exam with Kaplan Test Prep will retain exclusive permission to take a realistic practice exam in a Pearson Professional Center, the network of test centers that administers the actual exam, thanks to a renewed five-year agreement between Kaplan and Pearson VUE. With the agreement, Kaplan students can participate in "The Official Test Day Experience" — a practice exam in the same testing environment as the actual GMAT® exam to experience a dry run under realistic test day conditions. Kaplan has offered its students the Experience since 2004 -- exclusively through Pearson VUE since 2006 -- and remains the only test prep provider whose students are allowed to sit for a practice exam in the actual GMAT® exam testing facilities. As part of the Experience, students have a chance to go through their exam environment in advance from start to finish — from check-in, to security procedures, to computer setup, to lighting, to seating arrangements, to break procedures, to everything in between. The Experience is available to Kaplan students in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Hong Kong. "The Experience provides Kaplan students with a distinct competitive advantage. Familiarity with the testing environment helps boost test takers' confidence, which is key to success on test day. Because admissions officers tell us that a low GMAT® exam score is one of 'the biggest application dealbreakers', every question you answer correctly on the exam is that much more important in helping you get into a top program," said Brian Carlidge, executive director of pre-business and pre-graduate programs, Kaplan Test Prep. Bob Whelan, managing director of Pearson VUE, said, "We have a longstanding relationship with Kaplan Test Prep and I am pleased that, through our continued partnership, we will help students prepare for the GMAT® exam with a potentially positive effect on their lives and careers."