Retake the Test
The Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®) has established a retest policy to ensure the validity and security of the GMAT® exam for all test takers.
You may take the GMAT exam once every 31 calendar days and no more than five (5) times in a rolling 12-month period. If you score an 800 on the exam, you will be prohibited from testing for five (5) years from your exam date.
The retest policy applies even if your score from a test administration within that time period is canceled by you, Pearson VUE and/or GMAC (see Canceling Your Scores). GMAT Customer Service representatives and test administrators are not authorized to waive or modify the retest policy for any reason.
If you take the GMAT test more often than allowed, your new scores will not be reported and you will forfeit the entire test fee. You may also be prohibited from future GMAT testing and may be subject to other remedial actions. The retest policy will be enforced even if a violation is not immediately identified (due to inconsistent registration information, for example) and your test scores are reported. In such cases, your scores will be canceled and your score report recipients will be notified of the cancellation.
Note for Repeat Test Takers
If you have taken the previous version of the GMAT exam, your Analytical Writing Assessment, Quantitative, Verbal, and Total scores are directly comparable to the current exam. (The AWA was based on two essays, but studies showed that most test takers got similar scores on both essays, so one essay was dropped for the current version of the exam.) The new Integrated Reasoning section is scored separately and doesn’t contribute to the Total score.
The IR section is not offered separately. If you have taken the previous version but would like an IR score, you will have to retake the entire exam. If you choose to report your scores, you must report all of them.
If you retake the GMAT exam with Integrated Reasoning, any Official Score Reports sent to schools will contain all reported scores from the past five years, including scores from the previous version, which do not include Integrated Reasoning.
Retest Policy Appeals
Any request to take the GMAT test more than five (5) times in a 12-month period must be submitted in writing. Requests will only be considered after you have taken your fifth test. Exceptions to the retest policy are entirely discretionary and will be granted only for compelling reasons.
Please mail all requests to:
Attention: Request for GMAT Retest Exception
5601 Green Valley Drive
Bloomington, MN 55437
Please remember that it may take up to eight (8) weeks for mail to reach the United States from some countries.
Sending Your Scores to Schools
If you retake the test and want to send your new scores to programs you have previously designated as score recipients, you must select these programs at the time you retake the GMAT exam or order an Additional Score Report after your exam. Your scores from all of your test dates within the last five (5) years will be reported to the programs you designate as score recipients.
To send your scores to additional programs, you may order an Additional Score Report (ASR) for a fee after you retake the GMAT exam. For instructions on ordering an ASR, see Sending Your Scores to Schools.
Contact Customer Service
If you have questions regarding the retest policy, please contact GMAT Customer Service in your region.