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Hello,

I will be applying for Booth, Kellogg, Wharton and Sloan. I have given GMAT 5 times.

Do these schools ask, in application / interviews, the times GMAT has been taken ? Think Booth used to ask this some time back.

As per the revised GMAT cancellation policy (updated a couple of years back), the school can not know if the candidate has cancelled the score. Please advise.

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Hi akshhist ,

It depends from School to school which you can find in the applications itself.

I remember Columbia does ask for number of attempts taken including the cancelled ones.

So, I would prefer go to each application and check which one is asking for the same.

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Hi akshhist ,

It depends from School to school which you can find in the applications itself.

I remember Columbia does ask for number of attempts taken including the cancelled ones.

So, I would prefer go to each application and check which one is asking for the same.

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Interesting they would ask about cancelled as that's a totally unverifiable number isn't it? Similar to the "how many schools are you applying to" question where most people probably put the correct figure but I'd imagine anyone with a negative figure would think twice about divulging that sort of information. Not suggesting it is okay to lie or anything just an observation on the types of questions that seem to be asked such as this where the person would most likely prefer not to answer.
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I believe Booth also had this question on the application last year.... but yes, it is an unverifiable number/piece of information but that does not mean you should give you a false picture. It may/will come out and pop up and you will be denied admission or expelled if/when it does.
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Hi , but schools get to know about it whether you have cancelled score or not?

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Hi , but schools get to know about it whether you have cancelled score or not?

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I believe they don't but what if they find in someway?

It's better to be on a safer side. Else it may spoil one's life later.
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Yeah..thtz true..

Actually my case is bit wierd.

I cancelled score first time and for second attempt ,due to some unavoidable reason , couldnt give the exam.

So was checking .. would Bschools count my next attempt count as 3rd attempt ?? Or 1st or 2nd??

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In response to the above question, it would be your 3rd attempt, with one canceled score.

I agree with the above though for anyone seeking additional advice: DON'T LIE, even though the schools don't verify the number of times you've taken the test. It's also not necessarily bad to have taken the test a number of times: it shows your determination, and tenacity in terms of wanting to improve. It demonstrates you're not one to just simply "give up."
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I believe they don't but what if they find in someway?

It's better to be on a safer side. Else it may spoil one's life later.


I think it is safe to assume they can see the number of attempts but not the scores on the official report- you really would not want to get caught in an "untruth" as that would be worse and may get you booted just for that.
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New post 22 Aug 2017, 12:07
Thanks everyone.

However, I cancelled my score every time, except the last one. Should I mention 5, or simply 1 ? The actual question Booth asks is "Number of times you received a full GMAT score". Since I cancelled the scores 4 times, will those occasions be counted as full scores (AWA not evaluated) ?

Additionally, how will ad-coms perceive 5 GMAT attempts? Sure this will not be taken constructively. Scores were 690, 710, 720, 730 and 760.

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Booth ask on their online application: "How many times have you received a total GMAT score?"
Sloan don't ask that.
As everyone told you, it is recommended to tell the truth. Schools may be able to see the number of tests in your score report.
Don't worry about it too much, you are not the only candidate who took the test many times... good luck!
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For what it is worth I did email mba.com about a month ago (for an unrelated reason) asking if schools will see the number of takes and was told:

"Please note that the scores sent to school will not contain any information of number of attempts for which you chose to cancel your scores."

But again I'm with everyone in that, similar to a point on a resume, it simply isn't worth trying to cheat the truth of the situation. The more authentic you are throughout the application process the better off the overall experience will be (at least in my opinion).
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There is no ambiguity - B-schools don't get canceled scores. Period.

Here is my take on this extra data-point of asking you the attempts.

SCENARIO 1:

In the very unlikely case of 2 candidates having the same educational profile, same type of experience, same kind of community involvement - pretty much SAME everything.

THEN this could perhaps be used as a data point. However, the chances so many things are similar is very rare so don't worry.

SCENARIO 2:

They are using it as a data point for their own internal reasons. Perhaps the marketing team wants to target retakers.

THEN this really does not matter too much. I would ignore the relevance.

Now coming to the question of 1 attempt versus 5 attempts. In a Clintonesque way, may I ask - what do you really mean "received a GMAT score"?

If you canceled it then you really did not receive a score right? You just got something which you did not accept to be a true reflection of your potential so you refused.

So, I don't think you should read too much into it.

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Cancelled reports never go to school.

In case you are improving the score in reattempt then it gives only positive impact.
never try to be false in your application part in case few schools ask this in the application

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