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Hello fellow members,

Today, while giving the GMAT I received a complete shocker during the verbal section. No, it wasn't a CR, SC or RC question sent from Mars but it was a power cut! :shock: A power cut that lasted for almost the complete duration of the verbal section. Although, most of you must be saying to yourself "Huh ... you must be joking as there is always a back up of some sort.", but, my friends when you are in India, even if there is a backup it just works for the computers and the tube-lights :-D . Yes, you heard me right folks, there was even no backup for the fan, let alone the air conditioning system :| .
Much to my surprise and shock, for almost 10 to 15 mins the test center was as dark as the entrance to the Batcave (guess the usage was correct there) and the only thing that one can see was his screen and the only thing one can hear was the beeping of computers. During this time, I almost felt like walking off and canceling my scores. :|

Now, in order to help the future test takers of this center (and get my revenge), I am planning to launch an official complain against the center and try my best to get it debarred from the Pearson list.
I'll be very thankful if any expert can guide me in this regard.

(I managed a 710 which I believe could easily have been a 740. But, as they say GMAT is just a very small aspect of one's application and I believe that a 740 is not much different from a 710, speaking in terms of adcom)

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New post 29 May 2014, 15:01
I would recommend contacting GMAC about this. I'm sure they've encountered situations like this before.
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rashadusmani wrote:
Hello fellow members,

Today, while giving the GMAT I received a complete shocker during the verbal section. No, it wasn't a CR, SC or RC question sent from Mars but it was a power cut! :shock: A power cut that lasted for almost the complete duration of the verbal section. Although, most of you must be saying to yourself "Huh ... you must be joking as there is always a back up of some sort.", but, my friends when you are in India, even if there is a backup it just works for the computers and the tube-lights :-D . Yes, you heard me right folks, there was even no backup for the fan, let alone the air conditioning system :| .
Much to my surprise and shock, for almost 10 to 15 mins the test center was as dark as the entrance to the Batcave (guess the usage was correct there) and the only thing that one can see was his screen and the only thing one can hear was the beeping of computers. During this time, I almost felt like walking off and canceling my scores. :|

Now, in order to help the future test takers of this center (and get my revenge), I am planning to launch an official complain against the center and try my best to get it debarred from the Pearson list.
I'll be very thankful if any expert can guide me in this regard.

(I managed a 710 which I believe could easily have been a 740. But, as they say GMAT is just a very small aspect of one's application and I believe that a 740 is not much different from a 710, speaking in terms of adcom)

Cheers,
R


Hello friend,
I had faced some similar situations in my first ever attempt this month. I had logged several complaints regarding this but to my bad luck i didn’t receive any reply yet from GMAC. Kindly help me what best can be done in this regard. Thanks
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New post 21 Aug 2018, 12:02
Hi AN12,

The other posts in this thread are over 4 years old, so it's not likely that you'll receive a response from any of those posters. When an 'incident' occurs at a Testing Facility, the investigation can sometimes take upwards of a month (depending on the time of year and how busy everyone is). Since we're now in August, when the Test Centers tend to get busier, it might be that Pearson just has not had time to properly investigate your situation yet. While all of this is probably infuriating, you can't allow it to distract you from hitting your Score goal. If it's been at least a week since the last time you reached out about this, then I suggest that you plan to follow up once a week until the situation is resolved.

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New post 22 Aug 2018, 10:29
AN12 wrote:

Hello friend,
I had faced some similar situations in my first ever attempt this month. I had logged several complaints regarding this but to my bad luck i didn’t receive any reply yet from GMAC. Kindly help me what best can be done in this regard. Thanks


Keep following up. I too has faced an issue due to which I lost time on the test. I was offered a free retake by GMAC. Took about 2 weeks to get a reply from them, though thery had promised a timeline of 3-5 days in their first mail.
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