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New post 02 Nov 2018, 08:47
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Hello all,

I just received a notification from Pearson VUE, 2 months after I took the exam, canceling my scores (710 Q48 V40) due to noteboard usage during the break.
I contacted the test center and they told that it is not against the norms to use noteboard during the break, and they filled a case against Pearson VUE. Reviewing the GMAT Handbook and all other relevant rules I have not found anything either.

The only somewhat related rule I found is that you are not allow to use any prohibited item (e.g., phone, books, etc.) during the exam or during the breaks. However, if the noteboard was to fall in this "banned items repository" everyone would have their scores canceled because they would be using it during the test... ?

Does anyone know where specifically is it prohibited to write on the noteboard during the break?

Has someone had a similar experience?

Thank you,
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New post 02 Nov 2018, 08:59
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Sorry to hear that,
I hope it does not affect your applications.
They should have told you earlier.
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emmmv wrote:
Hello all,

I just received a notification from Pearson VUE, 2 months after I took the exam, canceling my scores (710 Q48 V40) due to noteboard usage during the break.
I contacted the test center and they told that it is not against the norms to use noteboard during the break, and they filled a case against Pearson VUE. Reviewing the GMAT Handbook and all other relevant rules I have not found anything either.

The only somewhat related rule I found is that you are not allow to use any prohibited item (e.g., phone, books, etc.) during the exam or during the breaks. However, if the noteboard was to fall in this "banned items repository" everyone would have their scores canceled because they would be using it during the test... ?

Does anyone know where specifically is it prohibited to write on the noteboard during the break?

Has someone had a similar experience?

Thank you,


This is quite scary. I heard a similar incident around 2 weeks ago from a friend (she was referring to have heard of such an incident). I am not sure whether she was referring to you or someone else.

I had never heard of this rule until 2 weeks ago. If it is this serious, I would expect the test center administrators to tell about it or receive such communication from GMAC in advance.
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New post 04 Nov 2018, 09:48
This is very shocking! COuld you please elaborate as to what actually happened?

I hope it does not affect your applications.

Kindly keep us posted!! All the best and I hope you get the final decision in your favour.
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New post 04 Nov 2018, 10:42
1min before the start of the quant and verbal sections (so during timed instructions and during break) I wrote the time tracker table on my pad.

No one reported me at the test center. In fact, I talk to them and they told me it was fine to use the notepad.

2 months after the test I get an email from the security team of Pearson VUE in NYC telling me my scores have been canceled because I used the notepad during the break.

I call customer service and they tell me there is nothing written on this, that the policy depends on the test center.

I go to the test center and they tell me that it's the first time they hear about this but that the team in NYC had requested all videos one month ago - and that they were reviewing scores 700 and above ( I had a 690 the first time and was not canceled , even if I did the same)

Test center opens a ticket to Pearson telling them I did not violate center policy by writing on the pad and please to review decision.

Now waiting - but in the meanwhile in my scores a 'Policy Violation' pops up with no scores. Not good for my applications :/

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