The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) has cancelled the scores of more than 100 individuals who were engaged in cheating as part of their response to to ensure test security and fairness.
The GMAT exam is relied on by more than 7000 programs across the globe and hundreds of thousands of tests are taken each year.
GMAC said it had “overwhelming evidence” of GMAT cheating based on advanced forensics and security tools. Cheating methods identified included someone else taking the test on the candidate’s behalf.
“These test takers not only had their recent scores cancelled but were also banned from future testing with GMAC and any previous exam scores were also cancelled,” GMAC said.
“Schools to which scores had been sent by these candidates have been notified of their use of unfair means.
“We are also cooperating with the local law enforcement authorities in India who are investigating this matter. The investigation is ongoing and GMAC is offering its support to the police, as and where required, to address this malpractice.
“Ensuring the fairness and integrity of the exam, the most widely used for graduate business school admissions, is at the heart of our value proposition.”
In wake of the GMAT cheating ring, GMAC warned individuals to avoid falling victim to “bad actors”.
“Often, these services purporting to help candidates achieve higher scores are scams designed to cheat candidates out of their money,” GMAC said.
“We encourage candidates to not be fooled – engaging in these types of activities can result in them being the target of extortion. In addition, candidates face the very real and serious consequences of cheating, including criminal prosecution by law-and-order authorities, who are now aware of and actively working to address this issue.”