Score Reporting Policies Give You Three Things to Think About

Jun 25, 2014
Tags: Score Reports

As of June 27, 2014, under a new policy, you’ll be able to preview your unofficial GMAT scores before deciding whether to accept or cancel your scores. The Graduate Management Admission Council is changing the process to improve the testing experience, and make the process of taking the GMAT easier.

The change is designed to give you more control in the score reporting process while also giving business schools the strongest pool of potential applicants.

To take best advantage of the new feature and to present yourself in the strongest possible way to schools through your GMAT scores, you should think carefully about how you’re using your scores before you go in to take the test. Here are three things to think about and know before you go in to take the GMAT exam:

  1. Which programs do you want to send your scores to? Your test fee includes five free score reports, which must be selected at the test center before you start the exam. Go to for a comprehensive list of programs so you can explore the possibilities in advance.
  2. What are the minimum scores you will report? You’ll be able to see your unofficial Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, Verbal, and Total scores, and you’ll have two minutes to decide if you want to report or cancel them. If you don’t make a decision, your scores will automatically be canceled. If you’ve thought about this in advance, the decision will be easier.
  3. Do you have time to retake the GMAT exam if you cancel your scores? You may take the exam up to five times a year, but only once during any 16-day period. And although you typically get them much faster, the published turnaround time for Official Score Reports is 20 days. So before you consider canceling your score, you’ll want to make sure you have time to schedule and retake the exam and have your Official Score Report delivered.

The following policy change took effect on July 19, 2015: The “C” that represents a candidate’s cancelled scores will not be shown on any future GMAT score reports generated by GMAC. For more on this policy change, click here.

The following policy change took effect on March 10, 2016: You can cancel your score immediately after taking the exam at the test center for free. Or, you can cancel your GMAT score online within 72 hours after you complete your exam. You can also reinstate your cancelled GMAT scores online if the exam date is on or after January 1, 2014, up to four years and 11 months after the exam date. For more on this policy change, click here.

Preparation is the key to doing your best on the GMAT exam – and being prepared to use the score reporting process wisely is a good idea, too.