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Improving the GMAT Exam Experience for MBA Candidates

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GMAC is launching three new features on July 19, 2015, to improve and streamline the GMAT exam experience for test takers.

The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) is committed to enabling potential MBA candidates to connect with the best opportunity for and access to graduate management education. As such, GMAC is introducing three new features to improve and streamline the GMAT exam experience for test takers. GMAC asked thousands of candidates and test takers about their GMAT experience and how to make it better. We listened and took action. These new features and options for test takers are effective July 19, 2015.strong>Cancelled Scores Removed from Score Reports

  • The “C” that represents a candidate’s cancelled scores will not be shown on any future GMAT score reports generated by GMAC. This means that when a test taker cancels their score, only the test taker will know. This feature will be applied retroactively to all previously cancelled test scores, which will be removed from all future score reports that are sent to schools. However, score reports with cancelled scores have already been sent to schools, they can’t be modified. 
  • Removing cancelled scores from the score reports will help candidates gain more control and confidence of their GMAT experience—something that candidates have repeatedly asked for. In a survey of more than 3,000 students, 85% of respondents indicated that they would like to see the “C” removed from their score reports. This feature will also help deter any misinterpretations of cancelled scores in candidate profiles. 
  • Please reference the Cancelled Score Policy Update FAQ for additional questions.

Repeat Exams Allowed after 16 Days

  • Candidates have the option to retake the GMAT exam after a 16-day time period (versus the current 31-day retake period). This allows candidates the flexibility to retake the exam within a shorter period of time in order to accommodate their schedules, study habits, peak performance times, and/or school deadlines.
  • Candidates can’t exceed five GMAT exams within a rolling 12-month period or the eight lifetime GMAT exams (effective December 17, 2016).

Authentication Code Replaced with Date of Birth 

  • Candidates will be able to view their Official Score Report online using their date of birth to authenticate their access. A separate authentication code will no longer be issued at the test center.
  • This change is expected to streamline the process for candidates to access their GMAT scores—and everyone likes one less password/code to remember.