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01 Mar 2018, 04:58
Hi,
I'm in my 3rd year of engineering and am hopeful to appear for the GMAT exam during the latter half of my 4th year after some months of preparation.
I would like to know that will my GMAT scores be valid after a couple of years (as scores are valid for 5 years) as I'm planning to gain some experience in my field.
Also can I change the preference of my college when I finally apply for them.
Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks in advance.
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01 Mar 2018, 12:07
Hi rocketronaldo,

Planning ahead to take your GMAT years before you actually plan to apply is a smart choice. Having plenty of time to study - and not having the 'pressure' of an application deadline - should make the overall process a bit easier. Your GMAT Score will be valid for 5 years, so you'll have time to build up your Work Experience before you apply to School. While it does not sound like you plan to start studying any time too soon, there are some logical initial 'steps' once you do choose to begin your studies:

To start, it would be a good idea to take a FULL-LENGTH practice CAT Test; you can download 2 for free from www.mba.com (and they come with some additional practice materials). Do NOT bother taking one now; wait until you are ready to formally begin your studies. If you want to do a little studying first, so that you can familiarize yourself with the basic content and question types, then that's okay - but you shouldn't wait too long to take that initial CAT. That score will give us a good sense of your natural strengths and weaknesses and will help provide a basis for comparison as you continue to study. A FULL CAT takes about 4 hours to complete, so make sure that you've set aside enough time to take it in one sitting. Once you have those scores, you should report back here and we can come up with a study plan.

1) What is your goal score?
2) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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01 Mar 2018, 13:27
A friend of mine applied to Harvard with a GMAT score from 4 years ago and they didn't say anything. It is definitely not a problem, I would suggest that you follow your gut and do it whenever you feel the more free!

Good luck

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01 Mar 2018, 19:56
rocketronaldo wrote:
Also can I change the preference of my college when I finally apply for them.
You can't change the (up to 5) programs that you selected on test day. If you'd like to send your score to other programs, you'll need to pay \$35 per program.
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02 Mar 2018, 01:24
From the FAQ:

Q: How long are GMAT scores valid?

A: GMAT scores are valid for five years, and are available for reporting for up to 10 years. Scores over 10 years old, are not available.

Q: How do I send my scores to schools?

A: On the day you take the GMAT® exam, but before you begin, you may select up to five (5) GMAT accepting programs to receive your Official Score Report. If you did not select any GMAT programs to receive your scores on the day of your exam, or if you would like to send your scores to more than the five (5) programs you selected on your test day, you may order Additional Score Reports to be sent to schools online, by phone, by fax, or by mail for a fee. When you order an Additional Score Report to be sent to a school, you will also receive a copy. You may order a score report online.
To order a score report by phone, contact GMAT Customer Service for your region. Please note, there will be a USD \$10 surcharge for scheduling by phone.

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04 Mar 2018, 00:09
rocketronaldo wrote:
Hi,
I'm in my 3rd year of engineering and am hopeful to appear for the GMAT exam during the latter half of my 4th year after some months of preparation.
I would like to know that will my GMAT scores be valid after a couple of years (as scores are valid for 5 years) as I'm planning to gain some experience in my field.
Also can I change the preference of my college when I finally apply for them.
Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks in advance.

You already have answers however I am just re-affirming that score is valid for 5 years so you would be able to apply to colleges with same score with-in 5 years from the date of test score.

however in a few B-Schools they might ask you to retake the exam if the score is older than 3 years. It's not that they are refusing to accept the old GMAT score but still they would want to check whether your skills in terms of aptitude are still the same.
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