New GMAT Exam Features Launching 19 July

GMAT Exam Features

The Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®) improves the GMAT exam experience for prospective MBA candidates.

The GMAC is committed to enabling potential MBA candidates to connect with the best opportunity for and access to graduate management education by launching new GMAT exam features.

In relation to this, the GMAC introduces three new features to improve the experience for GMAT test takers. The improvements are based on a survey conducted among thousands of candidates and test takers regarding their GMAT experience and how to make it better.

Below you can see the new features as presented by the GMAT official website. They are to be released on 19 July, 2015.

1. 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, where 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 of and confidence in 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 avoid any misinterpretation of cancelled scores in candidate profiles.

2. Repeat exams allowed after 16 days

  • Candidates have the option to retake the GMAT exam after a 16-day 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 periods, and/or school deadlines.
  • As always, candidates can’t exceed five GMAT exams within a 12-month period.

3. 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 centre.
  • This change is expected to streamline the process for candidates to access their GMAT scores—and everyone likes one less password/code to remember.

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