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Hi all,

I am planning on applying for this upcoming Round 1. I took the GMAT back in October and have gotten a score that I deem satisfactory for the schools that I want to apply to.

I am wondering if there is any advantage to sending my score right now to my schools. If not, should I just wait until application time?

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When you 'send' your Official Score Report to a School, you're not actually having a physical copy sent - you're granting each School access to your Report online. Schools won't spend time looking at your Report until you've actually applied (meaning only after you have sent in your full Application). Thus, there's no inherent advantage or disadvantage to granting Schools that access now.

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Hi MyNameIsJoe1

When you 'send' your Official Score Report to a School, you're not actually having a physical copy sent - you're granting each School access to your Report online. Schools won't spend time looking at your Report until you've actually applied (meaning only after you have sent in your full Application). Thus, there's no inherent advantage or disadvantage to granting Schools that access now.

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Rich, thanks for the reply.

A follow-up question: do schools generally care about--or even see--number of attempts? If the end product is good, does it matter if it took 4 tries to get there? Thanks.
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Rich, thanks for the reply.

A follow-up question: do schools generally care about--or even see--number of attempts? If the end product is good, does it matter if it took 4 tries to get there? Thanks.
Schools will not see any attempts cancelled by the test taker.

Four attempts is a little on the high side, but it is almost impossible to predict whether or how your target schools will use that information (if they ask for it). You could try asking them directly.

I don't expect the number of attempts to have a major impact on the admissions process though. With the score cancellation policy in place, a school can't really verify this kind of information. Finally, given that it is not something that you can change, I'd advise you not to worry too much about how many times you've taken the GMAT, if you've taken it multiple times.
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Hi MyNameIsJoe1

In general, Business Schools don't care how many times you take the GMAT, but if you submit multiple, similar Scores without showing improvement, then that could impact your applications. In addition, individual Programs might have their own 'metrics' for how they evaluate Official Scores - for example, your best overall Score might be used, or a more recent Score (if your best Score is several years old) or the best 'combination' of your Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores, etc. Thankfully, Admissions Departments will gladly answer your admissions questions, so you can contact them directly to ask.

There are a couple of ways around this issue. When you take the GMAT, you could choose not to send your Score to any Schools (and pay a fee later on to do so) or you can simply cancel a Score that you're not happy with (so that no-one will ever see it).

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Rich, thanks for the reply.

A follow-up question: do schools generally care about--or even see--number of attempts? If the end product is good, does it matter if it took 4 tries to get there? Thanks.
Schools will not see any attempts cancelled by the test taker.

Four attempts is a little on the high side, but it is almost impossible to predict whether or how your target schools will use that information (if they ask for it). You could try asking them directly.

I don't expect the number of attempts to have a major impact on the admissions process though. With the score cancellation policy in place, a school can't really verify this kind of information. Finally, given that it is not something that you can change, I'd advise you not to worry too much about how many times you've taken the GMAT, if you've taken it multiple times.


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Hi MyNameIsJoe1

In general, Business Schools don't care how many times you take the GMAT, but if you submit multiple, similar Scores without showing improvement, then that could impact your applications. In addition, individual Programs might have their own 'metrics' for how they evaluate Official Scores - for example, your best overall Score might be used, or a more recent Score (if your best Score is several years old) or the best 'combination' of your Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores, etc. Thankfully, Admissions Departments will gladly answer your admissions questions, so you can contact them directly to ask.

There are a couple of ways around this issue. When you take the GMAT, you could choose not to send your Score to any Schools (and pay a fee later on to do so) or you can simply cancel a Score that you're not happy with (so that no-one will ever see it).

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Thank you both. So here's what happened:

Score 1 - Cancelled after taking
Score 2 - Kept
Score 3 - Cancelled after taking
Score 4 - Kept

So schools will see only score 2 and score 4, then, as my two attempts?
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Hi MyNameIsJoe1

If - on the day you took the Official GMAT and accepted the Score - you selected a particular School to receive that Score, then that School is granted access to that Official Report. Thus, if you chose the same School on both of those attempts, then that School will see both Scores.

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EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi MyNameIsJoe1

If - on the day you took the Official GMAT and accepted the Score - you selected a particular School to receive that Score, then that School is granted access to that Official Report. Thus, if you chose the same School on both of those attempts, then that School will see both Scores.

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Thanks, Rich. I never sent any scores to any schools with my GMAT. I am waiting to do that. So I can essentially send which scores I want?

#1 - cancelled
#2 - 720
#3 - cancelled
#4 - 750
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Thanks, Rich. I never sent any scores to any schools with my GMAT. I am waiting to do that. So I can essentially send which scores I want?

#1 - cancelled
#2 - 720
#3 - cancelled
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Firstly, congrats on the 750! As for the score reporting process:

The GMAC does not make cancelled scores available to the prrograms chosen during a GMAT that was cancelled either on test day or during the cancellation window (72 hours). Moreover, the GMAC never sends any scores obtained in the future without authorization. For example, let's say you chose programs A, B, and C on your first attempt and chose C, D, and E on your second (C was chosen both times).

If neither attempt was cancelled:
1. C, D, and E will see both scores.
2. A and B will see only the first score.

If the first attempt was cancelled:
1. C, D, and E will see only the second score.
2. A and B will not see either score.

If the second attempt was cancelled:
1. A, B, and C will see only the first score.
2. D and E will not see either score.

In your case: any program that can see your 750 will also see your 720 for as long as it (the 720) is valid (5 years from the day you took the exam). However, if at any point in the process your target programs ask you to disclose the number of times you took the GMAT, you should (don't try to "hide" anything).
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I agree that it does not matter when you send your scores.

If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out.

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EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi MyNameIsJoe1

If - on the day you took the Official GMAT and accepted the Score - you selected a particular School to receive that Score, then that School is granted access to that Official Report. Thus, if you chose the same School on both of those attempts, then that School will see both Scores.

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Thanks, Rich. I never sent any scores to any schools with my GMAT. I am waiting to do that. So I can essentially send which scores I want?

#1 - cancelled
#2 - 720
#3 - cancelled
#4 - 750


Congratulations MyNameIsJoe1 on the 750! Its a phenomenal score
All the best for your applications!
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Congrats on the 750! That's fantastic.

It doesn't matter when you send your scores, as long as you send them prior to your school's deadline.

Schools will never see any of your canceled scores, and they'll never be able to tell that you took the test on that day. Any school you send your scores to now will see exactly two scores: your 720 and your 750.

It's completely normal to have two official GMAT scores (i.e. to take the test twice.) (Here's a lot more detail about that: https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/blog/retake-the-gmat/) Since you canceled two of your scores, as far as schools can tell, you've only taken the test twice. Particularly since your score improved from the first test to the second, that's not a problem at all.
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