I suppose I used a bit of hyperbole in my last posting, but the interface could definitely be improved. These would be my suggestions:
1. Barring a separate monitor to look up the MPEP, it would be nice to have at least a 17" screen and the ability to split-screen the test and the MPEP. As you know, there are a lot of list-based questions that require you to check the given answers against requirements for submissions. Right now, you're forced to find the correct section of the MPEP, then flip back and forth between the test and manual to make comparisons. The alternative is copying the list manually. You can reduce the size of the MPEP window and move it around, but that makes it unbearably difficult to read and still takes time.
2. The MPEP was pretty grainy on screen and hard on the eyes, which begins to take its toll after the first two hours. If they're going to make everyone look up stuff electronically, they need to fix the "find" function. My computer locked up during a search in the first hour of the exam and needed to be rebooted. I didn't dare use the search function for the rest of the test. Personally, I would love to see Prometric ante up for a few paper copies of the MPEP and give you the option of using that. I realize this is probably not Prometric's call and that the logistics would be a pain because of the threat that people would mark them up, but I would think there would be a way to work around that. (perhaps giving people the option to purchase a $20 throwaway paperback version)
3. continued in next post