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Query regarding GMAT

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Query regarding GMAT

by gabriel » Thu Mar 26, 2009 8:43 am
Well its about time I asked a question in this section :D .

I was wondering about how long can a GMAT score be used. I am right now studying for my Masters in UK, I intend to work for some more years and get some international experience and also complete my CFA, FRM before I apply for my MBA (I have been also thinking about a PhD). I was thinking about giving my GMAT early next year (2010) after my Masters. I have already given the GMAT once and have a score of 730 but that was 2 years back and it will not be valid by the time I apply for my MBA/PhD and hence I want to give it again before my maths skills get rusty.

So if I do give my GMAT early next year would the top schools in US still accept it 4 years down the line or would they insist on me giving the GMAT again. I know that officially the GMAT is valid for 5 years but have heard from different sources that top schools prefer that the GMAT not be older than 2 years, is this true ?. Should I go ahead with this plan or would it be advisable to wait and attempt it a little later.

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by gabriel » Sun Apr 12, 2009 7:44 pm
I would really appreciate an answer :) .


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by aabsih » Sun Apr 12, 2009 8:47 pm
Hi Gabriel,

As you said,the official GMAT scores are valid for five years. However, it is a good idea to look at the specific requirements of the Universities you would apply i.e. some will only accept a score that was attained within the last two years; others accept 5 year old scores. Hence, what you heard is true.

The only thing I cannot comment on is consistently scoring high on the GMAT. If you score a similarly high score on the GMAT next year, perhaps top schools would consider that sufficient to predict future scores. I believe an admissions consultant is better suited to answer your questions (see the other sections in this forum).

Good luck with your preparation and all.

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