Are you planning on taking the GMAT? Are you unsure of the GMAT score validity? Do not fret, we will guide you through the GMAT scores, their validity, what a good GMAT score is and so on. Before we begin, let us take a look at the GMAT exam and what it entails.

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) for those who wish to pursue a management degree in India or abroad. The  GMAT is a globally recognised examination that is available to you all through the year.

## Cancellation of GMAT Scores

Your unofficial GMAT scores are available to you immediately after you’ve completed your GMAT exam. At this point, you can either choose to accept or reject your unofficial scores. It is highly recommended that you have a target score in mind, as you will have only two minutes to accept the unofficial scores. If you do not accept these scores within two minutes, your GMAT unofficial scores will be cancelled. Once the scores are cancelled, they will not be sent to the universities that you’ve listed.

Additionally, you will not receive your unofficial score report at the test centre and your official score report will be withheld. You will also have to wait another 16 days to retake the GMAT exam. However, if you’ve accepted your unofficial scores at the test centre and wish to cancel them at a later point, you can do so within 72 hours. But you will be charged an additional fee to cancel the scores once you leave the test centre.

## Reinstatement of GMAT Scores

If you want to reinstate your GMAT scores after having cancelled them, you can do so. However, you will be charged a fee to reinstate your GMAT scores. You can reinstate your GMAT scores within 4 years and 11 months from the date of your examination. This period is calculated keeping in mind the score validity limit, which is 5 years.  The reinstatement of the GMAT scores ensures that the universities listed by you, receive your GMAT scores. However, if you wish to add universities to this list, you will not be allowed to do so. In such a case, you can purchase additional score reports. This will cost you around $35 per score report. ## Why Did GMAC Cancel My GMAT Scores? The GMAC has the authority to withhold or cancel your scores at any given point in time. This is done to ensure that a fair opportunity is provided to each of their candidates. The GMAC can withhold or cancel scores if there is a violation of policy, some kind of a testing issue or if your scores are invalid due to other factors. ## How am I to find out if the GMAC cancels my score? If the GMAC cancels your scores, it is indicated by a reason code. The reason code is a signifier, usually an alphabet to indicate what error has been committed by you. Here is how to decipher the reason codes that you might find in your score report if the GMAC has cancelled your scores. ### Testing Issues: “T” When your score report shows the reason code “T”, it means scores have been cancelled due to testing issues. These testing issues refer to any error or irregularity in the administration of the test. This means you amongst many other candidates face this error. The testing errors refer to administrative issues, discrepancies at test centres, payment issues, registration errors, and exposure of contents of the exam. However, cancellation of scores can happen even in cases where you have not directly violated the test policies. In such cases, you are offered two choices — the first being you can appear for the exam at absolutely no cost and the second wherein, the exam fee is refunded back to you. However, in an instance where you have engaged in a violation of conduct, one which is not a grave concern and has happened due to misinformation or negligence. You might be offered a chance to rectify the error or undergo corrective action. ### Common Policy Violations: “P” If the score report shows the reason code “P”, it means the scores have been cancelled due to common policy violations. Some of the common policy violations include accessing study material during the exam, possession of any kind of electronic device in the examination hall, and possession of any unauthorised material. There are dire consequences if you do violate these policies. It will lead to you being banned from taking the test for three years, your score is reversed, and subsequently, the universities you’ve listed will be notified. ### Serious Policy Violations: “S” When your score report shows the reason code “S”, it means the scores have been withheld due to serious policy violations. Some of these policy violations include revealing test content, fraud or fraudulent behaviour, identity theft, creating a ruckus at the test centre, and any form of violence that is strictly prohibited. Violating any of these policy measures will lead to the revocation of your GMAT scores. A notification will also be sent to all the schools you have listed and you will be banned from participating in the exam for the next 3 years to an indefinite period or even your entire lifetime. The duration of the ban depends on the severity of the violation. However, if you feel the scores are cancelled due to unfair reasoning, you can appeal to the GMAC a month after you’ve received the score report. The appeal is to be made to the GMAT customer service either by phone or through email. It is important to note that you need to submit all the relevant supporting documents for the appeal. Upon reviewing the documents, the GMAC uses its discretion to come to a conclusion. The GMAC will then offer you a couple of options, which is either taking the test free of cost or following up on the decision of cancellation with due procedure. ## Do Business Schools Have Access to All Your GMAT Scores? The official GMAT score report lists all your GMAT scores, including those from your GMAT exam retakes. Nevertheless, if you cancel the GMAT score at the test center, the cancelled score will not appear on your official score report. So, rest assured the listed universities or business schools do not have access to all your GMAT scores. However, some universities and business schools require you to send in all your GMAT scores so you can track your progress with each of the exams you have taken. In such a case, you will be required to submit all your exam scores. ## Does the GMAT Score Look Good on Your CV? The Curriculum Vitae (CV) is an important document that is required by most companies or organisations if you are applying to work with them. A CV lists all your academic qualifications and achievements, internships, and work experience if any. In addition, if you have work experience in the relevant field, the CV discusses the impact you created and the responsibilities you’ve taken up in the organizations you have previously worked for. With competition on the rise, hunting for a job can get very overwhelming. The pressure of being exceptional amongst many others applying for the same job can weigh heavily on you. But if you have completed an MBA degree, this already sets you apart from the other candidates. This is where the GMAT scores come into the picture. Since the GMAT is specifically designed for management admissions, a good GMAT score means you possess relevant managerial knowledge and skills. Hence, having a good GMAT score adds significant value to your CV and can make your CV look great. ## How to Achieve the Perfect GMAT (700+) Score? A good GMAT score is most likely to increase your chances of getting into the business school of your choice. To achieve a good GMAT score, you must come up with an efficient study plan. Before you begin planning, it is important to set a target score for yourself. This will help in drafting a productive study plan with an achievable goal in mind. Proper planning and consistent practice will get you the perfect GMAT score. We hope now you are well acquainted with everything to do with your GMAT scores and the GMAT score validity and have no doubts regarding the same. In addition, we have also informed you of the various policy violations and their consequences. So, what are you waiting for? Prepare well and ace the GMAT exam! ## FAQs Q: Do GMAT scores expire? Yes, GMAT scores expire once the score validity expires. Q: How long is my GMAT score valid? The GMAT score validity lasts for five years. Q: I exceeded the time limit to accept my GMAT unofficial scores at the test centre, what can I do to reinstate my scores? If you have exceeded the time limit to accept your GMAT unofficial scores at the test centre, they are likely to be cancelled. However, you can reinstate these scores within 4 years and 11 months from the date of the exam. But you can only do so by paying an amount of$50.

Q: When will I receive my official score report?

Your GMAT official score report will arrive three weeks from the date of your examination.

Q: Can I get my enhanced score report despite having cancelled my GMAT scores?

Yes, you will receive your enhanced score report even if you have cancelled your GMAT scores. However, if your GMAT scores are cancelled by the GMAC due to policy violations, then you will not receive the enhanced score report.

Q: Can I cancel my scores after having accepted them at the test centre?

The scores can be cancelled within 72 hours from the time of your exam, even after you have accepted them at the test centre. However, once you leave the test centre, cancelling the scores comes at a cost. You have to pay \$25 to cancel your GMAT scores.

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