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  Beginning January 2006, ACT develops the GMAT and Pearson VUE administers the exam.
Although no changes to the exam’s format are currently planned, you should be aware of the procedural and administrative changes.
 
   
All scores from past 5 years will be reported
Online access & send score reports
Offical score reports
Goodbye scratch paper and pencils: welcome the erasable noteboard
Content and scoring
Minimum wait of 31 days before retaking the test
What if I score an 800?
Proctor perched in booth at center of testing room
No testing on weekends
New security measures
No walk-in registrations
No paper tests (anywhere!)
Only five attempts within a 12-month period
Reselect schools to receive new scores upon retest
Duration of breaks is now 10 minutes
   
 
 
 
All scores from past 5 years will be reported
 
Currently, if an examinee has taken the GMAT several times, GMAC reports scores from the three most recent exams. Starting in 2006, GMAC will report all scores from the past five years, including cancellations
 
Online access & send score reports
 
Test takers will no longer have to wait two to three weeks to get their official score reports by mail. They’ll be able to access score reports and send reports to schools through a secure online system.
 
Offical score reports
 
Official score reports will be available online to test-takers and the schools they've selected approximately 20 days after the test. Official score reports are now mailed to the student by request only.
 
Goodbye scratch paper and pencils: welcome the erasable noteboard
 
Test-takers will no longer be given scratch paper and pencils to work out problems.
Instead, they will be given a noteboard with 5 yellow sheets with tiny check marks and a medium-tipped black marker. The writing on the noteboard cannot be erased by the test-taker (but can be erased by the administrator – hence the adjective ‘erasable’). If a test-taker needs replacement marker(s) or fresh noteboards, she has to raise her hand to get the attention of an ever-vigilant test administrator..
 
Content and scoring
 
The content of the test and the scoring methodology remains substantially the same. All changes are limited to the administration and reporting of the test scores.
 
Minimum wait of 31 days before retaking the test
 
Unlike the previous regime, where one could take the test once every calendar month (technically one could take a test on two consecutive days, the last day of a month, and the first day of the following month), now a test-taker can only take the exam once in any 31-day period
 
What if I score an 800?
 
Good for you; you cannot retake the test for 5 years.
 
 
   
Proctor perched in booth at center of testing room  
   
At Thomson Prometric centers, proctors sit outside the testing room and observe examinees via video camera. They occasionally patrol the testing room, a practice many examinees find disconcerting. At Pearson VUE centers, the proctor will sit in a booth at the center of the testing room.  
   
No testing on weekends  
   
GMAT will no longer be offered on Saturdays in the U.S.  
   
New security measures  
   
Pearson VUE will implement new security measures, such as the use of digital fingerprinting.  
   
No walk-in registrations  
   
As of January 1, 2006, walk-in registration at test centers will no longer be accepted. (Right now, those who wait are sometimes able to get appointments by calling or stopping by individual test centers.)  
   
No paper tests (anywhere!)  
   
Currently, some overseas test centers deliver paper exams, and starting in 2006, all centers will deliver exams on computer.  
   
Only five attempts within a 12-month period  
   
As before, test-takers can still take the exam only 5 times within any 12-month period.  
   
Reselect schools to receive new scores upon retest  
   
If a test-taker retakes the exam and wants to resend her scores to programs that previously received the score, she must reselect those schools at the time of the retest.  
   
Duration of breaks is now 10 minutes  
   
The break between the AWA portion and Section 3, as well as the break between Sections 3 and 4, are each 10 minutes long.  
   
   
   
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       

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