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My question may sound somewhat picky. Yesterday I took my Step 1 exam. I'd like to know how the CBT is processed. I mean on what basis was that particular CIN given to me? After I'm done with the exam, does it have to be edited or processed in any way by the operators in the center? What makes sure that nobody modifies my answers or attach my CIN to another applicant after I'm done with the exam?

Crazy questions, but I'd really like to know.
I didn't trust the operators working in the center, and the thought that a mistake messing up my score can be committed - even if just out of negligence - is nauseating.

Your insight would be very helpful.
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The FRED V2 software uses an encrypted secure server connected to the NBME network.

When you submitted your exam, nobody inside that testing center is ever able to log into your session. Even if they try to, the NBME will discover that and there will be big big issue and they will certainly ban that center and even file criminal charges and they'll ask you to take the exam again (though that have never happened in the past).

I am aware of one story (but I don't know if it's a true fact) that one of the Prometric centers in Asia has been closed because the NBME realized that the center is merely not following the finger printing requirement. So if they discover that the server or the computers or the connection is not secure they'll certainly ban that center.

Rest assured that your Prometric Exam session is secured.
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Thanks Sabio for your reply.

They actually didn't take my fingerprint in the center, but they took a photo ID of me. In the survey at the end of the exam, I was asked if my fingerprint and/or my photo ID were taken, and of course I marked beside "photo ID" only, so I think they are aware that some centers do not take fingerprints. May be it's optional? This center has been active for years. And it's kind of reputable in the region.
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