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When should I send GMAT scores to schools? [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2009, 10:21
I'm not applying to schools till next Fall but I took the GMAT last December to get it out of the way. At the time I didn't have a good idea yet of where I was going so my 5 school list where I sent my scores to is no longer relevant. My question is would it be too early to send scores to other schools I'm interested in? Should I just wait till the fall when I'm actually applying? If I send scores now will I get on their radar or just be lost in the shuffle of current apps? Probably an irrelevant and silly question but please humor me. Thanks.
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Re: When should I send GMAT scores to schools? [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2009, 10:45
I would wait until you are positive what schools you are applying to, a lot can change between now and the fall, perhaps I am from the old school but $28 per school isn't cheap, you don't want to waste it on a school that you end up backing out on. I don't think there's any advantage to be gained by sending early, if anything maybe they'll be awestruck now then have totally forgotten about you by next fall.

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Re: When should I send GMAT scores to schools? [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2009, 13:33
I think there is an advantage to send them right away. When I took the GMAT my 710 was 93% and when I decided to send my results 6 months after, it became a 92%. Hence, on my application I had to report a 92%. Not a big difference but not great...

$28 per school is totally immaterial comparing to other costs, unless you think that new GMAT takers will do worse than usual (hence increasing your %), you should send them as soon as possible.
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Re: When should I send GMAT scores to schools? [#permalink] New post 30 Jan 2009, 12:00
falibay wrote:
I think there is an advantage to send them right away. When I took the GMAT my 710 was 93% and when I decided to send my results 6 months after, it became a 92%. Hence, on my application I had to report a 92%. Not a big difference but not great...

$28 per school is totally immaterial comparing to other costs, unless you think that new GMAT takers will do worse than usual (hence increasing your %), you should send them as soon as possible.

How do you keep up with what your updated percentiles are?
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Re: When should I send GMAT scores to schools? [#permalink] New post 30 Jan 2009, 12:18
It will tell you when you order your GMAT scores to be sent to schools. Hence you find that out, after... Which is really ridiculous, but then it is the GMAT, I am not expecting much from them...
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Re: When should I send GMAT scores to schools? [#permalink] New post 30 Jan 2009, 12:31
falibay wrote:
It will tell you when you order your GMAT scores to be sent to schools. Hence you find that out, after... Which is really ridiculous, but then it is the GMAT, I am not expecting much from them...


That is the reason I put the percentiles as of the day I took the exam. They are higher, plus there is no guarantee that you would have seen the lower ones anyway. In the end 2 percentage points is not going to matter. I suspect they know the general range of scores they are looking for based on the past.
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Re: When should I send GMAT scores to schools? [#permalink] New post 30 Jan 2009, 12:48
I was concerned about the discrepancy between the reported numbers and the one they would receive when I send the official report. I agree the difference is not major but I still did not want to explain why I had reported a different % than GMAT... just to be on the safe side.
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Re: When should I send GMAT scores to schools? [#permalink] New post 30 Jan 2009, 18:20
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I was concerned about the discrepancy between the reported numbers and the one they would receive when I send the official report. I agree the difference is not major but I still did not want to explain why I had reported a different % than GMAT... just to be on the safe side.

i wonder if they would even pay attention given the thousands of apps they need to review. i realized that i put the wrong test date on my haas app. i put the report date (or something like that) instead of the actual test date. in the end, it didn't matter since i still got in. i guess this situation is slightly different, but i wouldn't sweat it. i'd wait until you're certain which schools you want to apply to. i ended up sending reports to schools i was initially going to apply to and then decided not to. i had too many schools on my list and although the programs are great, i wanted to dedicate my efforts to my top choices and not dilute the quality of my apps.
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Re: When should I send GMAT scores to schools? [#permalink] New post 05 Dec 2009, 06:18
My policy is to be prudent with choosing the right schools and not be concerned with using a "free" option, but that's also because I have lots of savings so I won't notice the fee...
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