For how long is the GMAT valid in top schools?

The GMAT is valid for 5 years. Read below for the specific details from top schools.

 

You may be wondering whether you should take the GMAT now or later.  If you just finished college or you have some free time right at the moment and think you may want to do an MBA in the future then it's probably a good idea to take the GMAT sooner rather than later.  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 2016, GMAT scores must be dated January 1, 2011, 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 2016 entry, GMAT scores must be dated January 7, 2011, or more recently. For August 2016 entry, GMAT scores must be dated August 20, 2011, 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  

 

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 started in June 2012."

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

 

Also, as you may have heard, the GMAT changed in June 2012. However, many schools still don't pay attention to the new section that was added, the integrated reasoning section, since it's not 5 years old.  They may start to give it more weight for the incoming students who will start in fall of 2018 though.

 

Hope that helps!

Dan

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