The other day, we finished our blog post on the recent GMAT scandal (in which students accessed a website which had illegally obtained GMAT questions) with the line: “it is fair to write that this could be the beginning of an enduring saga.” Well, it seems that our words were prescient. On Friday evening, BusinessWeek reported (“GMAT Cheating Controversy Grows”) that GMAC’s initial estimates of one-thousand students being implicated has now been dwarfed by a more recent estimate, also from GMAC, of six-thousand.
BusinessWeek stated that GMAC is studying Scoretop’s hard drives and that, “it vowed to cancel the scores of anyone who used the site to cheat on the exam, prohibit them from retaking the test, and notify the schools that received the tainted scores.” BusinessWeek then speculated: “That could mean rejection for applicants, expulsion for current students, and unspecified sanctions for graduates.”
Unfortunately for nervous MBA candidates/students, the results of the investigation will not be known for weeks and different MBA programs may take different approaches in terms of how they deal with Scoretop clients. As we wrote before, this saga is just beginning.