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GMAT 5 Year Rule + First Round of Application

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New post 07 Apr 2020, 15:18
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Hi everyone,

I had taken the GMAT a while back, on 1st August 2015 and scored a 620. I'm hoping to take it again this year and had a couple of questions:

1) How does the 5-year rule of score validity work? Does my GMAT score from 1st August 2015, expire on 1st August 2020 exactly or is there some other cutoff date?
2) Is it wise to wait out till 2nd August 2020 (or after) to ensure the previous score of 620 (which I had accepted back in the day) wipes off the slate? Am I at a disadvantage if I take the GMAT before 1st August 2020 and both my scores are sent to my choice of 5 schools vis-a-vis taking it on or after 2nd August 2020 and sending only my new score to my choice of top 5 schools?
3) For the first round of applications for the batch going into 2021, it seems like most top schools accept applications until early Sept. Is the first week of August too late to appear for the GMAT? Will I have ample time to fill in the applications in the first round for the top schools, assuming I take the GMAT between 2nd and 10th August?

Thanks in advance and I appreciate your help with my rather specific questions.
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New post 07 Apr 2020, 15:52
1) In your case, yes, your score would be invalid from Aug 1,2020. Most schools specify the date (eg. Aug 31,2015) after which you must have taken the GMAT. I'm sure the dates will be mentioned in application portals. If not, inquire with the specific schools. If you have the time, I would advise retaking it because even if your old score is valid for R1, I'm pretty sure it will be invalid for R2 in case you need to apply to schools in R2.
2) I'm not sure but considering the score would be invalid after Aug 1, 2020, I would think it wont appear on your record past that date regardless of when you retake the exam.
3) I suppose it depends. Some people spend months on applications. I suggest you start your applications as soon as they open in May/June, work on talking to students, attending virtual events, writing essays etc. Switch back to GMAT (assuming you are set on taking it in Aug), and get back to polishing applications.

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