Scandal singes MBA entry exam

September 11, 2008
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Not everyone who takes the Graduate Management Admission Test, which is required to get into business graduate programs, is honest.

The organization that publishes the test, the Graduate Management Admission Council, disclosed yesterday that it has tossed scores of 84 people who took the test because of a cheating scandal.

Only a dozen of the people actually tried to cheat, the organization said. Theyâ??re accused of posting questions from the exam on The other 72 accidentally stumbled upon test questions they had seen on the site.

Indiana University says none of its students were implicated or had scores cancelled. Some test scores from those implicated were sent to IUâ??s program but none of the people ended up in the program.

Purdue had a similar experience, with five test takers sending scores to Purdue but none entering the program.

Ball State had no such contact.

In your experience, how wide-spread is cheating on the GMAT or in college in general?
  • I took the GMAT 20 years ago, but would never have dreamed of cheating by looking at provided answers or providing answers to others. My college had a very strict academic honor code and anyone caught cheating was swiftly expelled.

    I think these days the stakes are so much higher and students are more tempted to do anything to give themselves an advantage. It's a shame, because in the business world success depends almost entirely on personal integrity. These students' business careers are getting off to a very bad start.
  • You also didn't have the internet with all of its information 20 years ago, so its a lot harder to think of cheating, when you have no idea of what types of questions would be on it, or avenues of finding blogs that talk about the questions they had on the test.

    I also feel that cheating is more prevalent because there seems to be so much more pressure on people to get in to those schools or they will be seen as a failure. Our society has placed so much on successes and failures that it has even gone down to the simpliest of things - test. Personally I think any of these tests are stupid. I am not good with Standardized tests and always get low scores on them, I wasn't initially accepted into the school I wanted with my GRE score, but my academic reputation and my extra effort to 'sell' myself to the school allowed me to be in on a probation basis. The first semester I had all A's and finished the probation year with a 3.89. I was allowed to stay.

    That just goes to show that not doing well on the test is not the end all be all, and that is something that needs to be communicated to these students. It is a measurement, it is one thing the schools look at.

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