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"If you take the language test within one year of submitting your application .."

Here is my question: the "submitting" action should be considered as the starting point or the end point in the time frame of "one year".

I think I'm totally confused by "within .. of"

Thanks!
leo
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I might not say it much clearly..
"If you take the language test within one year of submitting your application .."
I just wonder what if I already had taken the test several months before I submited my work permit application? Is this acceptable according to that sentence?

leo
You submit your application on March 1 of 2008. You must take the test on or before March 1 of 2009. It doesn't work backwards in this case. ["Backwards" would be something like 'I took the test within this past year.]
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If you have taken would be looking backward.

But I suppose you can argue that you had one year after submission to take the test, and in fact, it was something you had already accomplished, so you were well within that year.
Thank you all!

GrammarGeek, I think I'm not quite understanding all your words. Are you saying that "within" does not involve the "backward" direction?
Leolyy
"If you take the language test within one year of submitting your application .." (The submitting of your application is the starting point.)

Here is my question: the "submitting" action should be considered as the starting point or the end point in the time frame of "one year".

I think I'm totally confused by "within .. of"

Thanks!
leo
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If you take it within one year of today, today is the starting point looking forward.

If you have taken it within one year of today, today is the ending point, looking backward.

It depends on the purpose of the one-year restriction. Perhaps the results of the test need to be "fresh" so old results, before today, aren't valid. It's hard to say whether having completed the test prior to submitting the papers would meet the requirement or not.
Thanks for the great explanation.