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# Gmat exam day question.

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17 Mar 2013, 19:31
I have not taken any gmat exam before, so i would like to know if it is true that exam taker needs to choose b-schools to receive the score BEFORE exam begins?

If so, if unluckily getting a low score, there will be no turning back..?

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17 Mar 2013, 20:19
mba201456 wrote:
I have not taken any gmat exam before, so i would like to know if it is true that exam taker needs to choose b-schools to receive the score BEFORE exam begins?

If so, if unluckily getting a low score, there will be no turning back..?

Thanks.

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Hi MBA201456,

I'd like to help clarify your questions about this process. Firstly, before the exam starts you can select up to 5 schools to receive your GMAT score. You don't have to select any, but you can select up to 5. The advantage of this is that this costs nothing, but you can still submit your score to other schools for ~30\$ per school (at least that's the going rate in Canada).

Now, once you've taken the exam, you do have the option of cancelling your exam before seeing your score, but the cancellation will be noted in your record. You can read the official MBA information here: http://www.mba.com/the-gmat/gmat-scores ... cores.aspx

I'd like to also take a minute to address the issue of students cancelling their scores, as I wrote about this recently. Many students feel like they are not performing well on the GMAT. This is due to the adaptive nature of the test, which ensures that most of the questions you face will be at your level, meaning you will find them pretty difficult. You can also expect to do a fair bit of guessing and answering questions without being 100% sure of your answer. This is the typical experience.

As such, you should consider cancelling your score primarily if you are having a really bad day (not sleeping the night before and falling asleep) or you're very distracted (sick relative, for example). I personally don't see the shame in getting a low score and going back and getting a much better score the next time. That shows perseverance and determination, two qualities highly sought after in business professionals. There's a time and a place to cancel your scores, but it happens more frequently than you'd expect on this test.

Hope this helps!
-Ron
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17 Mar 2013, 23:10
Hi Ron,

In this way, I heard for example a gmat taker improved from 480 to 550 to 650 to 780. Does it mean he only submit the score of 780?

Otherwise, if he kept sending the score from 480 to 780 to a school, didnt he create a bad impression on himself (or may not)?

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18 Mar 2013, 07:10
mba201456 wrote:
Hi Ron,

In this way, I heard for example a gmat taker improved from 480 to 550 to 650 to 780. Does it mean he only submit the score of 780?

Otherwise, if he kept sending the score from 480 to 780 to a school, didnt he create a bad impression on himself (or may not)?

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Hi mba201456, if the test maker submitted all these scores to the schools, then they saw the entire progression of his scores as they were happening. If he only submitted the last score, then they can look to see what his previous scores were. I don't know what your interpretation of a score going from 480 to 780 is, but I see it as a student who sticks with something until they master it.

Imagine you want to play baseball (or whichever sport you like). The first time you play it you're not very good and no one wants you on their team. Then you play again and you're significantly better. You keep playing once a week and eventually you're the best player on the field! Now everyone wants you on their team! Does the fact that you weren't as good 3-6 months ago make them want you less? Doubt it. Does it make them want you more? Maybe not, but if nothing else it shows that you weren't happy with your performance and strived to improve it over time.

I'll let some of the recruiters chime in about the impression if they want, but to me it's somewhere between neutral and positive, so I have a hard time imagining generating a bad image out of constant progression (your outlined example is the best case you can have, though).

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18 Mar 2013, 07:20
Hi Ron, many thanks for your explanation. Now I understand that should be positive! I would also keep in mind that making progress is the most important! Thanks!

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