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Gmat Exam Re-testing Policy
How Often Can You Repeat the Gmat Exam?

It is sometimes advisable and even necessary to take the GMAT exam more than once - for example, in cases when your desired MBA program requires more current GMAT scores than the ones you have. However, it is worth noting that a repeat exam will mainly benefit those whose GMAT score is much lower than other indicators related to their graduate admission process, or where there is substantial reason to believe that they were not at their best during the exam. In other cases, a retest will simply be a waste of time.

GMAC, the body that oversees the GMAT exam, conducts a retesting policy in order to maintain the exam's validity and confidentiality for all examinees. Thus, you can take the GMAT exam every 31 days, and no more than 5 times in a 12-month period. If you receive an exam score of 800, you cannot take the exam for 5 years after the date of the exam.

The retesting policy is upheld even if you opted to cancel your latest exam score, of if Pearson VUE and/or GMAC decided to cancel it. If you take the GMAT exam more times than permitted, the new score will not be reported, and you will lose the registration fees in full. In addition, you may lose your right to retest in the future. The retesting policy will be enforced even if the violation was not instantly identified and the exam scores have already been reported. In these cases, your exam score will be canceled, and the schools to which the score was sent will receive a notice of its cancellation.

Statistically, we can say that retesting does not produce significantly improved GMAT scores. In fact, you may even receive a lower score than in a previous exam. If you choose to retest, all the scores from your GMAT exams in the last 5 years will be reported to the MBA programs where you chose to send them. If you retook the GMAT exam and wish to resend your scores to the program of your choice, you must choose the program again during the repeat exam, or alternately order an Additional Score Report (ASR), which entails a fee.

If you wish to retest more than 5 times in a period of 12 months, you must submit a written request. The requests will be discussed only after you take your fifth GMAT exam in one year. Such requests will be granted only in unusual cases that require an exception in retesting policy. The requests should be sent to the following address:

Pearson VUE
Attention: Request for GMAT Retest Exception
5601 Green Valley Drive
Bloomington, MN 55437

Please note that letters sent from outside the United States may take up to 8 weeks to reach the US.

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