I just finished taking the PLT at a local university, and was surprised at their conflicting standards of administering the exam. As the proctor was coming by checking admit tickets, I had settled in my seat with my pencils and foam earplugs out on the desk. She said, "sorry, you'll have to put those away." I didn't ask questions, but I had them at another university in the same state...at another test. The proctor proceeded to read the script stating procedures, etc. all the while, her assistant cracked her gum and actually blew bubbles! I felt a little taken aback. I kind of wanted them. Also, later in the test, a student raised hand w/ a question, the proctor loudly whispered for what seemed a 2 minute answer... What would you do? How do earplugs --not an ipod or anything--constitute an unfair advantage?