The Scoretop Scandal has rocked the MBA admissions world. It is a messy business. Angst runs high; solid information about the scandal’s implications for many MBA applicants has been scarce. Until now.
BusinessWeek has just posted an interview with GMAC’s Peg Jöbst that should relieve anxiety for many and heighten it for a few. In Ms. Jöbst’s words:
“GMAC is limiting its investigation to those individuals who a) posted GMAT questions they saw on their GMAT exam, and b) posted a message on Scoretop confirming that they saw items from the Scoretop Web site on their GMAT exam. In these instances, GMAC will cancel GMAT scores and notify schools to which those scores were sent.”
If you were a VIP member of Scoretop, I strongly urge you to read the interview in its entirety, but the above quote summarizes GMAC’s position.
- An MBA applicant will have “a right to appeal any decision GMAC makes. Test takers will be notified in writing if GMAC is taking action and will have a period of time to appeal the decision.”
- Ms. Jöbst cautioned all test-takers. “Do not purchase, request, or share materials that claim to be ‘real’ or ‘live’ GMAT questions in any form. In addition, be wary if you see discussion threads in which test content is shared and real or ‘live’ questions are confirmed as accessible via the site or any participant(s) of the site (online or offline). Do not share any test content with anyone else after you have taken the test.”
- It is “not likely” that a candidate who falls into the categories discussed above and has his or her test canceled will be allowed to take the test again.