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# Is it better to apply in R3 or R1 or R2

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10 Jan 2007, 05:58
I did my GMAT recently, and I am wondering if it makes more sense to apply to schools for fall 2007 in R3 or wait to apply in R1 or R2 in October this year..

1. Are the chances of getting in the same ?
2. do you need more than 1-2 months to get your apps in order ?
3. How long is a GMAT score actually considered valid by adcoms ? is it a bad idea to wait for 2 years ?
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08 Feb 2019, 04:19
It tends to be that the highest percentage of acceptance is in the first round, and the percentage decreases each round afterwards. There are both advantages and disadvantages when applying in each of the rounds.
Applying in round one shows seriousness and dedication to the program, however, sometimes applicants need a little extra time to take their applications to really sharpen their application. Round two usually has the highest percentage of applicants, which can decrease the chances of getting in, however it may give the applicant sufficient time to work on their application. This does not mean that it is impossible to gain acceptance when applying in the third round. As Dee Leopold, former Dean of Admissions at Harvard Business School puts it: “Are there as many spots open as in Rounds 1 and 2? No… Do I think a strong candidate has a fair shot? Yes.”
It is recommended to budget 9-12 weeks for business school applications, however this could vary due to commitments such as work and study. If you are able to dedicate enough time each day to your application, 1-2 months may suffice.
Business schools consider GMAT scores to be valid for 5 years from the day the test was taken. There is no need to be concerned about 2 years.
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ashaker wrote:
I did my GMAT recently, and I am wondering if it makes more sense to apply to schools for fall 2007 in R3 or wait to apply in R1 or R2 in October this year..

1. Are the chances of getting in the same ?
2. do you need more than 1-2 months to get your apps in order ?
3. How long is a GMAT score actually considered valid by adcoms ? is it a bad idea to wait for 2 years ?

Hi Ashaker!

1. The chances of getting in R3 are generally worse than R1 and R2, especially if you are a candidate in a crowded demographic. Think of it this way - you may be a very competitive candidate but 10-15 people with a similar background have already been admitted in R1 and R2, and there is simply no spot once R3 comes around. Now, its not impossible to get in during R3, just a bit more difficult.

2. In general, you want to give yourself enough time to produce the best app possible. For some people, this could be as short as a week. For others, it could be 2 months. My recommendation would be to give yourself enough time that you aren't rushing essays, feeling stressed, and thus not producing your best work.

3. Five years - Admissions could care less if you took the GMAT 5 years ago or yesterday...a valid score is a valid score!

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