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Misconduct on GMAT. Advice needed! Please

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New post 30 Mar 2018, 21:44
Hi,
I just took my first GMAT exam a few days ago, but I was kicked out from the test since I pulled out a paper out of my bag during my break time.
I know it is not a good excuse but I was focused on preparing the exam itself and didn't realize it was a violation until they told me.
My score got canceled and customer service team said there will be "misconduct" on my score report, but they're not sure how exactly GMAC will inform the schools that I want to apply. It was my fault and a truly painful experience.

I've read some threads, and some recommended that explaining this "briefly" as an optional essay (just to avoid the chance that they think I was cheating, which is nothing that I intended to..)
and some said it could be a chance to tell a story (as an optional essay), letting the school committee know how I embrace defeat and turned it into a valuable experience.

Could you provide some of your advice on my situation?
Or perhaps taking GRE instead would be a better option?

Since I only plan to apply 1~2 business schools, I'm so worried now.
Please kindy help!

Thank you.
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Hi there,

Sorry to hear about the experience. Things like this do happen from time to time as GMAC has strict policies on what you can and can't do during the test. The misconduct will show on your score report (for 5 years, and I believe it will show as an M).

I would definitely plan to write a very brief optional essay (when it comes time to apply) explaining the situation and showing remorse. It should not be a deal breaker if you approach it maturely and have no other issues of misconduct in your application.

Otherwise, I would try to move on and take the test again and get an amazing score!

Regarding switching to the GRE, I suppose that's possible, though it involves learning a whole new test. Plus, many schools will still ask you how many times you've taken both the GMAT and GRE so you would need to be honest there.

Good luck!
Kate

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Hi,
I just took my first GMAT exam a few days ago, but I was kicked out from the test since I pulled out a paper out of my bag during my break time.
I know it is not a good excuse but I was focused on preparing the exam itself and didn't realize it was a violation until they told me.
My score got canceled and customer service team said there will be "misconduct" on my score report, but they're not sure how exactly GMAC will inform the schools that I want to apply. It was my fault and a truly painful experience.

I've read some threads, and some recommended that explaining this "briefly" as an optional essay (just to avoid the chance that they think I was cheating, which is nothing that I intended to..)
and some said it could be a chance to tell a story (as an optional essay), letting the school committee know how I embrace defeat and turned it into a valuable experience.

Could you provide some of your advice on my situation?
Or perhaps taking GRE instead would be a better option?

Since I only plan to apply 1~2 business schools, I'm so worried now.
Please kindy help!

Thank you.

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New post 02 Apr 2018, 10:18
Thank you for your valuable advice Kate!
I didn't know that the schools will ask how many time I have taken GRE and GMAT. Thank you for providing this information!
I will move on and explain it in my optional essay.
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New post 02 Apr 2018, 12:07
Happy to help -- good luck and keep us posted if you need help with anything else.

yys wrote:
Thank you for your valuable advice Kate!
I didn't know that the schools will ask how many time I have taken GRE and GMAT. Thank you for providing this information!
I will move on and explain it in my optional essay.

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Kate Richardson
mbaMission Senior Consultant and Chicago Booth Alum
http://www.mbamission.com
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