Please find below the text of the announcement from GMAT about changes that will be effective tomorrow.
GMAC is happy to announce a new feature to the GMAT® exam that will benefit test takers. Effective June 27, 2014, all test takers will now be able to view their unofficial GMAT scores prior to making a decision to accept or cancel them, giving them more certainty and control of how their application and GMAT scores are received by schools.
Here’s how it works:
- If a test taker accepts their scores, the official report will be sent to the schools they selected.
- If a test taker cancels their scores, the test attempt will appear on future score reports with a code of “C” (self-canceled), unless the test taker reinstates the scores within 60 days.
In addition, if a test taker decides to cancel their scores at the test center, they will have the option to reinstate their scores within 60 days from the date of their exam for a fee of USD$100. Detailed instructions and rules for about this change are available on page 13 of the GMAT Handbook.
What does it mean?
Till June 26, 2014 a test taker was given the option to accept the score or cancel it as soon as he / she completed the last section of the GMAT – without having any knowledge about how well he / she did in the test. In quite a few cases, test takers who felt that they had not fared well in the test tended to cancel the test score for fear of having a poor score appear in their GMAT score report for the next 5 years. Those test takers who canceled their scores may have actually fared a lot better than how they felt about the test. So, till June 26, 2014 a test taker had to accept or cancel the test based on the blind judgment that he or she made about the test performance.
This change is a welcome change. Two major benefits
- This gives you the opportunity to know how well you have done before deciding to accept or cancel the score.
- And it also comes with an added option to reinstate the score should you change your mind at a later date.