Business Week published this news on July 1st. It seems that a group of prospective MBAs were paying a $30 subscription to get preparation questions for their GMAT. Now GMAT is claiming that these questions were “live”, or in other words, they were actual questions from real tests. Who knows what went behind the scene and what kind of hacking software was the owner of Scoretop using in order to get these questions. A lot of students are claiming to be innocent victims since they did not know they were violating any copyright law or doing anything illegal.
Some comments on Business Week web mention the fact that “business types” would do anything in order to gain access to top business schools, even if this means cheating. Some other comments say that this is the problem of GMAC which should have more stringent rules in order to approve the launch and publishing of these preparatory websites.
I think the problem is that GMAC has a monopoly becuase GMAT is the only test Business Schools are accepting.
Some business schools have started to accept the GRE in the admission process like the case of Stanford. We at IE have followed this example and have started to accept the GRE as an alternative to the GMAT. In fact, here at IE we also have our own admission test that we also allow students to take in lieu of the GMAT.
Once GMAT is no longer a monopoly and free competition is allowed in the industry, I think this kind of problem as well as the problem of “doing anything you can” to increase your GMAT score, will be solved.
Students applying to Business schools should be evaluated based on other criteria not just a test score…