LifePoints, The Improved Global Test Markets

Global Test Markets has rebranded itself as LifePoints. Let’s take a look at it.

Typically, I’m pretty skeptical of sites that claim to be new and better. New? Possible. Better? Usually not. Still, LifePoints actually made a few improvements and the new sight is worth seeing.

LifePoints (Formerly Global Test Markets)


The new LifePoints

LifePoints, formerly Global Test Markets, is one of several survey sites on the interweb. It’s pretty typical: Take a survey, get points. If you’re trading in for PayPal, the exchange rate is 100 LifePoints (LP) equals $.83. Some of the changes include:

  • An upgrade to the interface. LifePoints is definitely more user-friendly than Global Test Markets was.
  • I’m qualifying for surveys at an amazing rate. Normally, I DQ on 80% of surveys that I attempt. On LP, I’m probably qualifying for at least 50%.
  • If you attempt a survey and are booted, you now get two points. You can get up to 10 “failure points” per day. At the old Global Test Markets, you got nothing if you didn’t qualify for a survey.
  • On the downside, the new site has a bad habit of timing you out. Every third or fourth survey seems to result in a message saying that I’ve been timed out. Sometimes I get the points for completing the survey, sometimes I don’t. Here’s what they have to say about it. It’s not particularly helpful:

If you are receiving a message that you have timed out of a survey, please return to your dashboard and click on the “start survey” button again.

If the survey allows you to restart the survey, you will pick up where you left off.

If the survey does not allow you to restart the survey, we sincerely apologize and look forward to your future participation.

Unfortunately, some surveys are only accessible once. These surveys do not allow you to go back to correct mistakes or pick up where you left off and we are unable to reset those surveys.

Overall, the new site is a pretty good one. I hope that the timing out issue gets solved but, other than that, it’s definitely an improved experience.


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