For how long is the GMAT valid in top schools?

Can I use my GMAT score even though it's old?

You may wonder whether you should take the GMAT now or later.  If you just finished college or you have some free time right now and think you may want to do an MBA in the future you should take the GMAT now.  You will not be penalized for having a GMAT score that is 3, 4, or even 4.9 years old.  However, your GMAT score must be less than five years old.  Do the top MBA schools accept old GMAT scores? Yes.  Here is what some of the top schools say

Harvard

"GMAT and GRE scores are valid for five years.

Please be advised that in order to apply for admission in Fall 2012, GMAT scores must be dated January 1, 2007, or more recently."

http://www.hbs.edu/mba/faq/#gmat

 Columbia

"GMAT scores are valid for five years. Your GMAT score must be valid up through the start of your MBA studies at Columbia Business School. For example, for January 2012 entry, GMAT scores must be dated January 7, 2007, or more recently. For August 2012 entry, GMAT scores must be dated August 20, 2007, or more recently."

http://www4.gsb.columbia.edu/mba/admissions/applynow/apprequirements#GMAT 

 Wharton

"GMAT scores are valid for five years after the test date."

http://www.wharton.upenn.edu/mba/admissions/faqs.cfm

 

Also the GMAT will change in June so I think it would be better to take it beforehand because it will be harder to study for later.  This is because test prep companies won't be very good at preparing you until they have time to learn the new tricks, which could be a couple years.  If you do take the test before June schools will continue to accept the current GMAT.  

 

Here is what Stanford says

"GMAT/GRE scores are valid for five years and must be taken before submitting your application. "

"If your GMAT test scores are still valid, you do not need to take the Next Generation GMAT which will be offered beginning June 2012."

http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/mba/admission/test_scores.html

 

Hope that helps!

Dan

 

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