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Importance of Your Name in your Profile

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While browsing on internate I came across some posts which talked about GMAT center not allowing them to take GMAT because of name mismatch. ... t7894.html ... 12073.html

While researching more on it, I found that this could be an issue for most of Indian candidates (and some of others as well ) because of Indian passport naming convention (This might not apply to few Indian names (Our diversity :-D ) but for most of them it will)
Indian passport Naming standard (If you have surname and middle name)
Surname: zzzzz
Given Name: xxxxx yyyyy
xxxxx : First Name
yyyyy: Middle/fathers Name
zzzzz: Lats name/Surname/Family Name

There is no row for Middle/fathers name on Indian passport but profile has it.

I decided to get it clarified from GMAC people , so I dropped them an email and I got below response:


Please Note:
I have few friends who has their names as below
Surname: ZZZZZ
MBA.COM profile
First Name/ Given Name: XXXXX
Middle Name: YYYYY
Last Name / Surname / Family Name: ZZZZZ

They did not faced any issue while taking exam ( They took exam in India and I do not have this data about those taking exam abroad).
I think Indian test centers know about Indian naming standards so they allowed it or overlooked it but if someone is very strict about these rules and take a note in difference in naming standard it might cause a trouble..

When GMAT itself has said that name on need to match your identification paper exactly then why take chances ? Also please note that if you are not allowed to take exam because of this issue GMAC will will forfeit the registration fee.

How to change it ?
1) Fax a photocopy of a government issued identification (e.g. a driver’s license or passport) that documents your correct name to 1-952-681-3681 Attn: GMAT Program Coordinator. Please include a cover letter with an explanation of why your name has changed and your contact information.
2) Contact GMAC through email ( and send the requested documentation as a scanned attachment.

I am planning to take printout of this email along with me while going for exam. ( I hope you guys don't think I am paranoid :evil: But what they heck, I don't care if I become paranoid or superparanoid ( I don't know if this word exist or not but I hope you guys know what I mean ) all I want is 720 )

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New post 05 Sep 2014, 03:54

I have one small query regarding name issues.My name in gmat registration is appearing in lower case alphabets although I was cautious enough to use proper conventions ( first letter of Name and surname in uppercase and rest in lower case). However My entire name is appearing in lower case letters, is this a big issue ? or is it fine ( Sorry for being a lil cuckoo about this but could not stop myself from posting after reading all these posts). Appreciate your reply in this

P.S I am a regular visitor of gmat club. The threads, posts , replies everything is helpful and informative in so many ways

Thanks in advance
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