Archive for July, 2008

Test of faith

July 23, 2008

The cheating row surrounding the GMAT test and a website, ScoreTop.com, which gave users access to live questions, rumbles on. GMAC, the organisation which administers the de facto MBA entrance exam, seems to be softening its stance on cancelling the scores of anyone who paid $30 to ScoreTop in order to gain a jump on other prospective students.

Accessing a dodgy website is not the only option for those looking for an illegitamate way to bump up their score. Tales remain rife of professional test takers for hire, despite increasing levels of security at test sites.

GMAT scores have been on the rise for years. The average score at the top ten schools in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s ranking has risen from 668 (out of 800) to 709 since 1997. Increasing competition inevitably leads, for some, to the temption to cheat.

So how much faith should we have in the GMAT? In your experience how easy would it be to cheat? And are the rewards worth the risks of getting caught?

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