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Taking the GMAT now vs. later

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New post 05 Mar 2017, 14:42
Hi mbaMission!

I'm debating whether or not to take the GMAT now or three to four years from now (or somewhere in between) based on what the next few years are looking to hold for me.

To sum things up, my girlfriend and I live in Minneapolis and she is just about to begin dental school at the University of Minnesota in the fall. Dental school lasts four years meaning that we're both planning on living in Minneapolis until she is done with school. At the same time, I'm looking into pursuing an MBA, which would likely take me out of the state so I likely wouldn't matriculate until Fall 2021 at the earliest.

I know that GMAT scores are valid for five years and I'm imagining that my current work schedule will allow me to more easily prep for the GMAT now rather than later, but at the same time I'm wondering if I should hold off on taking the test for a few years so that my score is more current and so that I would have a chance to reapply if need be (since my score would only be valid for one admissions cycle for 2021 entry if I took the exam now). Do MBA Admissions prefer newer scores and are there any stigmas associated with reapplying that could harm my chances of admission if I need to reapply?

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New post 06 Mar 2017, 20:59
Hi there,
As long as you are within the 5 years it is fine. AND... statistically the earlier you take it (i.e. closer to college age), the higher average test-takers tend to do.... likely due at least in part to being in 'study mode' sooner after undergrad etc, vs getting so far into work that it's tougher to remember the quant facts and get back to test-prep mode. (I became very familiar with all of these stats when working in test prep for years and years myself). So as long as you think you'd be within the 5 year window I'd go for it. Why bank on re-applying at this point, right. You may need to re-take the actual test 2-3 times to get what you want; these days that is common, but you can do that in the coming months or year as needed. Feel free to check back in with udpates/for advice and good luck!

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