GMAT scores are valid for up to 5 years and the ISB accepts scores which are in this limit and if a person has taken the test more than once we take the highest score. One of the golden rules for deciding when to take the GMAT is very simple – When you are ready. A lot of time, students do not take into account the time required to prepare for the test. Whether you are a working professional or a student you need to set aside preparation time for the test. You should take enough time to study for it, because there’s no point of taking the test without being prepared.
If you’re fresh out of your college or in your final year of graduation, it may be a good idea for you to start preparing and take the exam right away. The score stays valid for 5 years and you can plan your MBA accordingly.
If you are a working professional, you should carefully plan the preparation time involved. There is no ideal time that you need to set out but our experience tell us that depending on the educational background, you would need anywhere between 6-8 weeks of preparation time. One advantage of taking the test early would also give you an option to retake the test, if you’re not satisfied with your score. The round 1 application deadlines is September 15 and round two deadline is November 30. So plan accordingly. What should not get missed is the time that you would require on the essays and other application requirements.
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