What You Need to Know about Recent GMAT Changes

There are a few changes that have recently been made to the GMAT. If you have already started studying for the test, don’t worry. These changes won’t affect how you study. In fact, these GMAT changes should make everything easier and less stressful. Here are the three changes to consider:

  1. Goodbye to schools seeing cancelled GMAT scores

The first major change that was made to the test is that schools will no longer see cancelled GMAT scores. Before, if you took the GMAT and canceled your score, a “C” would show up on your GMAT score report for every cancelled score. This means that schools wouldn’t know what your actual score was, but they would know how many times you took the GMAT and canceled your score. Now, whether you have to cancel your score several times before getting it right, or you reach your target score on your first try, schools won’t know the difference.

  1. Shorter wait times between test retakes

The second of the GMAT changes is that now you only have to wait 16 days before taking the GMAT again. Before, if you took the GMAT and didn’t do as well as you had hoped, you had to wait 31 days before you could take it again. Now that the wait period is so much shorter, it makes it much easier for students who may have studied enough, but simply let their nerves get the best of them or made a major error on test day.

  1. Easier access

The third and most minor of the GMAT changes is that instead of using an authentication code to retrieve your GMAT scores, you will only need to enter your birthday – meaning you will have one less passcode to remember.

The effect that these changes should have on MBA candidates taking the GMAT now is that they should worry much less. Not only can you take the GMAT as many times as you want without schools knowing, you only have to wait just over two weeks to take it again if you don’t score well. The only thing you have to lose at this point, is money, with the test costing $250 a time. However, that is such a tiny fraction of the overall MBA investment that it shouldn’t be a big concern. Furthermore, higher GMAT scores can lead to more scholarship money, so it is a valuable investment.

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