GMAT Cheating Scandal....GMAC to Answer Questions

Posted by: Louis Lavelle on July 17, 2008

As everybody knows by now, the publisher of the GMAT, the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), has shut down the test prep Web site and is trying to determine if users improperly posted or accessed “live” test questions there. GMAC has said it will cancel the scores of anyone who used the site to cheat, or who violated the terms and conditions of the test. If that happens, applicants could be rejected, current students expelled, and graduates stripped of their MBAs. To say people are freaking out about this is an understatement.

BusinessWeek has asked GMAC to take part in a live chat on our web site to answer questions from the thousands of Scoretop users who are worried about their futures, and GMAC has agreed.

On Wednesday, July 23, at 1 p.m., Peg Jobst, a GMAC senior vice president, will take questions from all concerned. Details about how to access the chat will be posted shortly on the the b-schools channel at It's best to show up about 10 minutes early. If you can't attend, we'll be posting a transcript of the chat a day or two after the event.

Francesca DiMeglio, BW's b-schools community manager and reporter, will be your host for the chat--many of you already know her from her work moderating the BW MBA forums.

Jobst is the GMAC officer responsible for the GMAT. She oversees research and development, product and services, and GMAT operations. Before joining GMAC, she was a CPA at Ernst & Young, American Institute of Public Accountants, and Arthur Young & Co. She has a BBA from the University of Texas, Austin, and is a CPA in the state of Texas.

I urge all of you who are concerned about how the GMAC investigation will unfold, and what it means for your future, to take part in this important chat. It's a chance to get your questions answered, and to convey some of the concerns that you have expressed on this blog, in the MBA forums, and in the story comments over the last few weeks.

Reader Comments


July 18, 2008 6:37 AM

Good work Louis.

I am looking forward to the Q&A session.

- A scoretop VIP but not a cheat


July 21, 2008 12:06 PM

Hello Loius,

Thats really a good initiative.
How do i login to participate in livechat? please let me know the login server/ access / id


July 22, 2008 1:26 PM

To participate in the live chat event on July 23 at 1 p.m. ET with GMAC, you must head to about 10 minutes before the chat is set to begin. There, you'll find a promo for the chat. Click on it until you enter the Chat Auditorium. You'll be prompted to register with the site if you have not done so already. It's free and should only take a few minutes. Feel free to get in touch with me, Francesca Di Meglio, community manager and reporter for BW if you have questions. Thanks!

Noman Ahmed Shaheer

February 26, 2009 6:32 AM

I have come to know that there are still some websites in India and China involved in same practice. One of them is Practice JJ. GMAC should take strict action against these web sites and should adopt measures to continue fair competition among GMAT Candidates.

D. J. Taylor

September 18, 2009 9:24 PM

It is interesting to me that they company (GMAC) is still not looking at the demographics of the American people. The company has a new spokes person (CEO) and he personifies the good ole boy patriarchal male that is no longer "listening" to those who are buying cars.
Saturn was sold. Bad career move. The one car that Consumer Reports magazine has deemed a "best buy" will be discontinued because it is a Pontiac.
Why you ask is this the case? Because the hierarchy of GM does not drive Saturn or the Pontiac Vibe. They drive Cadillac and GMAC. Heaven forbid these cars should be discontinued. After all, if you cannot afford a do not epitomize the GM customer; of which there are becoming fewer, and fewer.

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