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# GMAC Announces a Lifetime Limit of 8 GMAT Exams

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12 Dec 2016, 08:21
well...this is unfortunate...I already took it 4 times...
will the cancelled scores be counted too? :\
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12 Dec 2016, 09:23
mvictor wrote:
well...this is unfortunate...I already took it 4 times...
will the cancelled scores be counted too? :\

Hi mvictor ,
Canceled scores will be counted but canceled dates won't . Also as per Mohater's answer , it seems that GMAC might allow genuine test takers a 9th attempt .
Please refer to the post in below link in which mohater has stated the same .

gmatclub-to-attend-gmac-test-prep-summit-228726.html#p1774454

You still have 4 more attempts and hopefully , you won't require that many attempts .
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23 Dec 2016, 00:12
This is unfair for GMAT takers.
The standard of changed policy is not obvious, so numerous complaints are expected.
The sudden change of policy which was not informed properly is causing huge chaos among GMAT takers,
and if this policy continues without any appropriate action, GMAT and GMAC also will lose thier reliability.
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03 Jan 2017, 20:26
The wording is confusing. If by 2015, thats right 2015, someone competed the test 8 times. It means they are no longer allowed to take the exam after Dec 17, 2016. Logically, I assume the count down for all students should start from December 17, 2016. Otherwise it is kind of unfair for those that took multiple GMAT tests in the past and then suddently they either left with 1 or 2 attempts left or no attempts at all.

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03 Jan 2017, 20:29
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We have asked for clarification at the GMAC summit in December. Their response was that based on the research no normal applicants have taken the GMAT eight times. The only people who are taking it that many times our instructors or tutors for those who are trying to compromise the test.

This policy is not a hard policy, however, and you can request a waiver. GMAC indicated that they will not deny any reasonable requests. These seemed to have been fairly upfront and open about it.

Hope this helps.

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03 Jan 2017, 20:36
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That is good to know we are not totally stopped with the cap. Its understandable that no normal person should take gmat 8 times, but some are just taking their time with gmat, on and off, until desired score is received. Not the best approach but hey, some everyone is different. Beating the personal best is diff for all.

bb wrote:
We have asked for clarification at the GMAC summit in December. Their response was that based on the research no normal applicants have taken the GMAT eight times. The only people who are taking it that many times our instructors or tutors for those who are trying to compromise the test.

This policy is not a hard policy, however, and you can request a waiver. GMAC indicated that they will not deny any reasonable requests. These seemed to have been fairly upfront and open about it.

Hope this helps.

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28 Dec 2018, 21:29
bb Skywalker18 - wondering if you've heard of any more cases from students regarding this topic or any more clarifications from GMAC?

I took the GMAT 2x in 2016 (Feb and April) right after graduating undergrad (super far out from applying to MBA programs) and canceled both scores.

My next test was this year (5/2018 - canceled) and I took one more this year that I ended up canceling (11/2018).

As I'm applying R2 for '19 fall intake, I have 2 more scheduled dates in January '19 (fingers crossed) and one super contingency date in Feb '19

Praying that I'm done in Jan, but if I stretch until the Feb date that will be 7 lifetime and my 5th in a rolling year (starting 5/2018)

Also guessing that those early 2016 dates will count towards my 8x limit?

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28 Dec 2018, 21:45
Hi. All attempts count towards the lifetime max. However, the way it has been presented and implied, the lifetime max is designed for professional gmat test takers such as tutors. Normal people can apply for a waiver from they rule and should not be unreasonably denied. You should not worry about the life time max. The annual limit however, is a diff animal and I don’t have much of a reference to give you there.

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28 Dec 2018, 21:46
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Hi paulblartmallcop - please find my responses highlighted.

paulblartmallcop wrote:
bb Skywalker18 - wondering if you've heard of any more cases from students regarding this topic or any more clarifications from GMAC?

I took the GMAT 2x in 2016 (Feb and April) right after graduating undergrad (super far out from applying to MBA programs) and canceled both scores.

My next test was this year (5/2018 - canceled) and I took one more this year that I ended up canceling (11/2018).

As I'm applying R2 for '19 fall intake, I have 2 more scheduled dates in January '19 (fingers crossed) and one super contingency date in Feb '19

Praying that I'm done in Jan, but if I stretch until the Feb date that will be 7 lifetime and my 5th in a rolling year (starting 5/2018) -- Yes, within any 12 month period, you can't exceed 5 attempts

Also guessing that those early 2016 dates will count towards my 8x limit? -- Yes, canceled scores do count towards the lifetime limit of 8 exams, but canceled dates do not.

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28 Dec 2018, 21:52
thank you both! please send some good GMAT vibes
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28 Dec 2018, 22:29
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It is true that according to GMAC you can apply for a waiver to take the GMAT a 9th time, but it is my general understanding from experience that the only way that GMAC will allow a 9th test is if it receives a letter from a prospective business school who is interested in you.

I've never heard of anyone who was allowed to take a 9th test just because they asked nicely, so it's important to have some contacts at the schools to which you are applying who can vouch for their interest in your application.
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