בהמשך למגמה שהתחילה בתקופת הקורונה, גם השנה ישנן מספר תוכניות MBA מובילות שמציעות פטור מהגשת ציון GMAT/GRE למועמדים לתוכניות שמתחילות בספטמבר 2024. ארינגו תמשיך לעדכן את הרשימה במהלך העונה, אבל נכון ל-20 באוקטובר אלו התוכניות שמציעות פטורים:
Georgia Tech Scheller
Imperial College Business School
Michigan State Broad
Notre Dame Mendoza
Rotterdam School of Management
UNC Kenan Flagler
USC Marshall MBA
USC Marshall IBEAR
Warwick Business School
Babson CollegeDue to constraints brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, we will continue our test-optional policy for the GMAT/GRE for all graduate applicants with a 2024 program entry. That said, you are welcome to submit a test score, and we’ll be happy to consider it as part of your application review.
Please note that quantitative and academic readiness is a large component of any graduate business program, and applicants who have minimal quantitative experience may want to submit a test score to help showcase their quantitative aptitude.
Please note that full-time MBA candidates applying for Fall 2024 can request consideration for a GMAT/GRE waiver.
2023-24 GMAT/GRE Waiver Policy – Full-Time MBA applicants applying for Fall 2024, and Part-Time MBA and Part-Time MSF applicants applying for Spring 2024 or Fall 2024 can request consideration for a GMAT/GRE waiver.
Waiver requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The Admissions Committee will consider applicants’ academic and professional accomplishments and credentials when evaluating requests. Applicants should note that the waiver review process is a holistic one, and criteria that could qualify an applicant for a waiver may include the following:
- Three or more years of full-time work experience
- A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
- The possession of a terminal degree (JD, MD, or PhD)
- A CPA or CFA designation, or additional professional certifications
- Display of quantitative competency through undergrad coursework or expired test score
- Display of quantitative competency through work experience
Considerations Before Submitting a Waiver Request:
- Before submitting a waiver request, applicants are strongly advised to keep the following in mind:
- The Admissions Committee will review GMAT/GRE scores as an additional metric during the allocation of merit-based scholarships
- In cases where applicants’ GPAs or work experience fall below the average class profile, or candidates possess limited technical or analytical skills and experiences, submitting a GMAT/GRE score can demonstrate applicants’ aptitude for quantitative MBA coursework
- Some employers, particularly in the consulting and banking industries, require the reporting of GMAT/GRE scores during the hiring process
To request a GMAT/GRE waiver, you will first need to fill out our GMAT/GRE waiver request form.
Applicants to the Full-Time MBA program may request a GMAT/GRE waiver provided you meet at least one of the minimum qualifications listed below. The decision to grant the GMAT/GRE waiver is made at the discretion of the admissions committee.
You may not request a waiver if you have already taken the exam and requested your scores be sent to Boston University Questrom School of Business.
Please note: All candidates who are admitted to the Full-Time MBA program are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships at the time of admission. Because GMAT/GRE scores are one of the factors we take into consideration when making scholarship decisions, those who submit competitive GMAT/GRE scores will receive additional consideration.
On rare occasion, after granting a GMAT/GRE waiver, the admissions committee may ask a candidate to submit a GMAT or GRE score to aid in evaluating your candidacy for the Full-Time MBA program. If we need this additional information to complete our consideration of your candidacy, we will inform you after you have submitted the complete application and it has been initially reviewed.
GMAT/GRE waiver requests are only considered for application to the Full-Time MBA program. For Online MBA and Professional Evening MBA testing information, please visit the admissions website.
We believe standardized exams are one way that business programs gauge academic readiness; however, while many Tepper MBA applicants will submit a GMAT/GRE/EA score, we also recognize there are multiple ways to demonstrate academic readiness. This is the reason we offer a test waiver option.
Here is some guidance on our test waiver option:
Waivers will be granted on a case-by-case basis.
Waivers are evaluated on the basis of academic readiness for the Tepper MBA.
If you are granted a waiver by the Admission Committee, it does not signal admission to the Tepper MBA.
The admission decision will be based on a holistic review of the application.
Even if you are granted a waiver, the admissions committee may require or recommend additional academic preparation prior to the start of the program that will improve your academic outcomes.
Applying with a test waiver will not affect your eligibility for scholarship.
Upon submission of your application, the waiver request will be reviewed, and you will receive a response to the waiver request via email within 10 business days of the application deadline.
Cornell Johnson is offering candidates of the Full-Time MBA 2023-2024 application cycle the ability to request a GMAT/GRE test waiver, without negative bias. All applicants for the Full-Time MBA program are eligible to request a GMAT/GRE waiver. Who should? Candidates who have demonstrated analytical and/or quantitative abilities through their academics, work experience, etc.
Please prepare a short statement that describes your personal circumstance and provide a clear and compelling argument for why you will flourish in our rigorous academic environment (100 words). Please note you will submit this statement as part of your admissions application.
Upon request, Tuck may offer GMAT/GRE test waivers to applicants who demonstrate that their academic background and/or the nature of their professional work has sufficiently prepared them for the academic rigors of the Tuck MBA.
To be eligible to submit a GMAT/GRE test waiver request, you must:
Be aligned with Tuck’s values and admissions criteria,
Have a minimum of two years post-graduate professional work experience, and,
Qualify for our English Language Proficiency test waiver if you are a non-native English speaker.
To request a GMAT/GRE test waiver, please fill out this form. Note: GMAT/GRE test waiver requests are due before submitting the application and by the appropriate deadline indicated in the GMAT/GRE test waiver request deadlines table below. GMAT/GRE test waivers are not renewable and must be requested each admissions cycle.
We will ask for your resume, an unofficial copy of your degree-granting undergraduate transcript, and, as applicable, an unofficial copy of your degree-granting graduate transcript and/or any proof of professional certifications, designations, or non-degree coursework to evaluate your academic readiness for the rigors of the Tuck MBA.
GMAT/GRE test waiver requests will be reviewed as they are received, and you will receive a response via email within 10-12 business days from the date you submitted your request.
Goizueta Business School provides applicants the opportunity to request a waiver from the standardized test requirement for applications to the Full-Time MBA programs. The test waiver is for candidates who can show evidence they are prepared for graduate-level business coursework based on their academic background and work experience. We encourage applicants to be thoughtful about requesting a waiver. A standardized test score can help candidates present their best application.
To apply for a test waiver, complete the Test Waiver Application and submit all supporting documents. Decisions are released within approximately 10 to 14 business days.
The GMAT, GRE or Executive Assessment are optional and not required for admission consideration. However, applicants with scores may submit them as supplemental information.
GMAT requirement is waived for applicants who have passed Level 2 of the CFA designation. Please request from the CFA confirmation of your CFA Level 2 pass, which can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Georgia Tech Scheller
The Full-time MBA program accepts the GMAT and GRE standardized tests. You may choose to submit an Executive Assessment (EA), LSAT, or MCAT standardized test score as supplemental information for the admission committee to review as part of your application.
Scheller’s test-optional admissions policy provides candidates the option to apply without a standardized test score.
The Full-Time MBA program considers select applicants for test score waivers. We evaluate waiver requests on a case-by-case basis for applicants with more than three years of relevant and progressive full-time work experience, active duty U.S. Military personnel with more than two years of service or those currently enrolled in another UGA graduate program. In addition, applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria to qualify:
• A strong record of academic performance from an accredited U.S. institution
• An advanced degree from an accredited U.S. institution (graduate, master’s, professional degrees)
• Professional certifications with a quantitative focus (CPA, CFA, or other certification)
• Strong performance in previous analytical or quantitative coursework
Applicants who meet the necessary criteria may apply with a test waiver. If you believe that other components of your application demonstrate an above average level of quantitative aptitude which will make the admissions committee confident of your success in the rigorous quantitative coursework, then you may choose to submit a test waiver application.
Based on our experience, candidates who are most likely to be successful in the quantitative rigor of the classroom have one or more of the following as part of their profile.
- Academic Grades: Undergraduate or graduate cumulative GPA of 3.1 or greater in one of the following degrees or majors: business administration, science, engineering, technology, or math. Undergraduate or graduate cumulative GPA of 3.3 in degrees or majors other than what is listed above. You must have your bachelor’s degree transcript evaluated via World Education Services (WES) if the degree was earned from a non-United States institution. The rigor and ranking of your institution and major will be considered along with your GPA.
- Coursework: In our experience, the rigor of your quantitative coursework, the number of quantitative courses and your performance in those courses indicates probability of success in the MBA classroom. Applicants who have successfully received undergraduate or graduate-level quantitative coursework with a minimum grade of “B” or better in at least two rigorous (not introductory) quantitative classes (e.g. finance, accounting, statistics, calculus, advanced math, engineering, or physics) are preferred.
- Certifications: CPA or CFA (or international equivalent) or other quantitatively rigorous certificates.
- Work Experience: Significant post-undergraduate full-time work experience in a quantitative, mathematical, or analytical field where the majority of your job responsibilities require rigorous quantitative analysis. Please note that working in Excel and pivot tables for simple analysis does not qualify.
- Demonstrated Grit: Professional and academic experiences that demonstrate grit and the ability to be successful in quantitative coursework.
- Based on our review of your standardized test waiver, we could require additional proof of quantitative acumen, course syllabi, or request that you complete additional quantitative coursework, which could include requiring a standardized test score.
Submission Timeline: Once you submit your Test Waiver Application, you can expect a 1-2 week turnaround for decisions. For applicants targeting Round 2, submitting your Test Waiver Application by December 11, 2023, will guarantee a decision in advance of the Round 2 application deadline of January 4, 2024.
Process Overview: For those applying to the Full-time MBA program, there is a separate application for a test waiver. You must start (but not submit) an MBA application, then submit the test waiver application for review. You will be notified if you are awarded a waiver and then you may proceed with submitting your MBA application.
The MBA requirement for GMAT will be waived if the applicant has proven to have more than 5 years of managerial work experience.
Imperial College Business School
Each cycle we are able to offer a small number of waivers to candidates.
To be considered for a waiver, you need to demonstrate exceptional academic performance and evidence of strong quantitative skills. If your GMAT waiver request is declined subsequent requests won't be reconsidered and will be automatically declined.
To request a waiver, you will need to provide:
- A copy of your transcripts detailing modules taken and grades achieved
- An up-to-date CV
Requests should be submitted via the form below before you submit your application and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis within seven working days.
The Kelley School’s Full-Time MBA program admits high-potential applicants into our academically rigorous curriculum. We typically require the GMAT or GRE as one demonstration of quantitative and analytic capability. In light of the recent challenges associated with taking standardized tests, candidates may apply for a waiver of this requirement and submit other evidence of their academic qualifications. We expect to award a limited number of waivers to candidates with otherwise strong qualifications. In evaluating waiver requests, we consider many factors, including rigor and achievement from previous undergraduate and graduate degrees, evidence of work experience requiring analytical and quantitative skills, and post–bachelor’s degree career growth including demonstration of leadership.
To request a GMAT/GRE waiver, you must complete the following two steps:
Complete and submit our online information request form (to ensure that we have your most current contact information); and
Submit via email (email@example.com) a current professional resume, your unofficial or official undergraduate transcripts (and graduate school transcripts, if applicable), and a brief statement (300 words or less) summarizing why you believe you qualify for a waiver.
You should receive a response to your request within one week of submission.
The Michigan Ross Full-Time MBA program is a rigorous program. We offer candidates many ways to demonstrate that they are ready to meet its demands.
Test scores provide an additional, relevant data point for the admissions committee to consider in reviewing your application holistically. For some candidates, a strong test score can strengthen their candidacy.
You can submit the GMAT, GRE, MCAT, LSAT, PCAT, or DAT. You may self-report your score on the application or upload unofficial score reports. If accepted, official reports will be required. If you take a test more than once, we will use your highest total score and the corresponding breakout scores in evaluating your application. We do not mix and match scores. All test scores must be active and not expired at the time of application. Students who are currently enrolled at U-M Medical, Law, Pharmacy, and Dental do not need to submit a test score.
Alternative Demonstrations of Academic Readiness
Some candidates may be able to adequately demonstrate their readiness for the rigor of the program without the need to submit a test score. This may include candidates whose ability to demonstrate their readiness via a test continues to be impacted by the pandemic or other circumstance. These candidates may submit a complete application without a test score. Instead, you must submit an essay that supports your case and alternative evidence of your readiness. We will look closely at your academic and professional accomplishments, including but not limited to:
• Master’s degree in an analytical or quantitative discipline
• CPA, CFA, or international equivalent
• Undergraduate or graduate record, especially in analytical or quantitative courses
• Post-undergraduate, full-time work experience in an analytical or quantitative function
• Performance on an expired GMAT or GRE
• Performance on the Executive Assessment
Candidates demonstrating multiple academic and/or professional accomplishments as listed above are more likely to be granted admission.
Candidates applying for admission to the Carlson Full-Time MBA program may be eligible for a GMAT/GRE waiver if they meet the following criteria:
Must have one of the following: Must have one of the following additional requirements:
Previous bachelors degree with 3.2+ cumulative GPA at an accredited institution using a 4.0 scale or better (domestic or international)
Demonstrates quantitative ability through coursework (ex: Statistics, Engineering, Accounting, etc)
Previous bachelors degree with a major in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, etc) field with a 3.0+ cumulative GPA at an accredited institution using a 4.0 scale or better (domestic or international)
– AND –
5+ years of full-time post-baccalaureate professional work experience
Note: undergraduate internships or co-ops cannot be included. Graduate assistantships and fellowships can be included.
4+ years of full-time military experience
Graduate (masters or doctoral) degree
Professional credential of CPA or CFA
Please note that a candidate must meet both areas requirements of the waiver process in order to be granted a waiver.
Michigan State Broad
Michigan State’s Full-Time/STEM MBA is seeking high-caliber individuals with strong communication and interpersonal skills. The Broad MBA is looking to build an MBA class with diverse experiences, talents, and perspectives. MBA candidates will be considered for admission without a GMAT, GRE or EA score.
How to Apply:
- Complete the online MBA application
- In the supplemental questions section of the application, select the GMAT/GRE waiver option
- Submit your application during any of our application rounds
If your current situation prevents you from being able to submit a test score, you may request a test waiver explaining the situation; the Admissions Committee will take your request under advisement and let you know if the waiver has been approved. If the waiver is approved, and you are admitted, the Admissions Committee reserves the right to offer conditional admission such as, but not limited to, receiving a certain score on the GMAT or GRE or taking a supplemental class. To request a test waiver, please start your application and navigate to the Test Scores section; you can submit your request there. Once submitted, you will receive a response by email as soon as possible.
Kellogg is offering Israeli candidates the option to waive the GMAT/GRE requirement, application fee, and English language test requirement during the 2024 application cycle. Israeli candidates who wish to waive these requirements should start an application, input their Israeli address and inform the school which requirement they would like to waive.
Notre Dame Mendoza
if you have demonstrated evidence of academic readiness and quantitative ability through undergraduate or graduate coursework or career experience, you may qualify for a test waiver for the 2023-2024 admissions cycle.
Candidates may request a test waiver once they open an application. They will be asked to upload a short statement to explain the request (no more than 150 words).
To qualify for a test waiver, you must first submit your application. Once your application is submitted, your test waiver request will then be evaluated. You will be notified of the waiver request at the time of the admissions decision in the round to which you applied.
The standardized test is a required part of the Full-Time and Fashion & Luxury MBA program application and one way we assess your academic readiness. For most applicants, the standardized test is an essential way to establish academic readiness. If you feel that you are not able to prepare for or take a standardized test and are able to demonstrate academic readiness without a standardized test score, you may request a standardized test waiver for the Full-Time and Fashion & Luxury MBA programs. Those who provide strong examples of academic readiness (eg: strong analytical or quantitative undergraduate or graduate majors, professional work experience, certifications, etc.) may be more likely to receive a standardized test waiver.
2024 Andre Koo Tech MBA Test Optional Policy – The 2024 Andre Koo Tech MBA program is test optional. Applicants will not be required to submit a standardized test score with their application, but may still do so if they feel it aids their candidacy. For applicants who have or submit a standardized test score (submitted with their application or previously sent to Stern), we will consider the standardized test score if it aids your candidacy.
Simon Business School offers the option for candidates to apply without a standardized test score.
We share the same goal: for you to submit a standout application—but we know figuring out how best to proceed based on your individual candidacy can raise some questions. Here are the answers to several popular questions on this topic to help aid in your decision making:
Do I need to take the GMAT/GRE/Executive Assessment?
No—a test score is not required! It’s up to you if you would like to include this type of standardized test score in your application.
What if I have already taken an exam?
Check out our MBA class profile—if your score falls within or above the middle 80% range, we recommend that you submit it in your application as an additional data point for the Admissions Committee to consider. If you choose not to submit your score with your application, you won’t have the chance to provide a score unless you are invited to interview or added to our wait list.
What are the benefits of taking the GMAT, GRE, or Executive Assessment?
These exams support your application for MBA study and provide an assessment of verbal, quantitative, and analytical skills. Standardized test scores not only add dimension and bolster the competitiveness of your application relative to other candidates, but for some industries—such as investment banking and consulting—prospective employers may prefer to see a score while reviewing your candidacy. In addition, we recommend taking the GMAT, GRE, or EA to demonstrate your quantitative capabilities if you have limited exposure to math or business courses in your undergraduate education. For some candidates, the submission of a standardized test can also boost overall candidacy for scholarship consideration.
Will I be considered for merit-based scholarship if I submit without a score?
Yes! Simon’s review for admission and scholarship consideration is holistic—meaning that no one element of the application outweighs another in importance. Applications submitted with or without a test score will be evaluated for scholarship based on rigor of undergraduate studies, proficiency in quantitative courses, certifications such as CFA or CPA, relevant work experience, undergraduate GPA and major, and more.
How do I indicate I would like to waive the GMAT/GRE/EA?
Do not add a GMAT/GRE on the Test Scores page in the application. Instead, select “Yes” in the dropdown beneath the question “Are you choosing to waive the GMAT/GRE/Executive Assessment requirement?” Our application processors will take care of the rest.
Ultimately, submitting your application with or without a GMAT/GRE/EA test score is up to you! If you still have questions about the best approach for your individual candidacy, schedule a time to chat with an Admissions team member—we would love to connect with you.
Rotterdam School of Management
The RSM Business Admissions Test (BAT) is a two-hour online test, designed to assess academic aptitude across four sections, each lasting 30 minutes. These sections cover communication analysis, critical thinking, data analysis, and data interpretation. Eligible candidates who have submitted their application will be invited to the opportunity to take the BAT as an alternative to the GMAT/GRE currently at no cost.
The Texas McCombs MBA Admissions Team is excited to share that Full-Time MBA candidates have more options than ever before when considering how to complete the standardized test requirement in their application. All applicants are required to submit a GMAT, GMAT Focus, GRE, or Executive Assessment (EA) score.
We will waive the testing requirement if:
• Expired (taken 5+ years ago) GMAT, GRE, or EA score is submitted
• General Test Waiver (merit-based) is submitted and approved by the Admissions Committee
While test scores provide an additional, relevant data point for the admissions committee to consider, a test score is not required. Applicants are given the option to apply for the Full-Time MBA program without submitting a GMAT, GRE, or EA. It is up to the applicant to decide if they want to apply with or without test scores. Please note that for some candidates without a quantitative background, a strong test score can strengthen their candidacy.
If you choose not to submit a test score,you will need to adequately demonstrate how your academic and professional experiences have properly prepared you for the rigors of the program. You must submit an essay that provides evidence of your MBA readiness to support your case of applying without a test score. We will look closely at your past accomplishments, including but not limited to:
Undergraduate or graduate record, especially in analytical or quantitative courses
Post-undergraduate, full-time work experience in an analytical or quantitative function
Professional certifications, such as CPA, CFA, or international equivalent
Performance on an expired GMAT or GRE
Candidates demonstrating multiple academic and/or professional accomplishments as listed above are more likely to be granted admission without a test score.
UNC Kenan Flagler
GMAT/GRE waivers are available for new applicants to the UNC Kenan-Flagler Full-Time MBA program. You can access the GMAT/GRE waiver request form from within your application, and we encourage you to submit your waiver request early to allow for processing time.
USC Marshall MBA
For the 2023-24 admissions cycle, the Full-Time MBA Program is providing candidates the option of submitting a standardized test (GMAT or GRE) waiver request. Please review a description of the policy and process below and visit the Test Waiver Requests section of our FAQ page for more detailed information. If you are applying using The Consortium application, please review the Consortium Application information below for additional information on the test waiver process.
Test Waiver Policy:
The Marshall Full Time MBA Program allows for the submission of a request for a standardized test (GMAT or GRE) waiver. Only applicants who have applied to the program may request a waiver. In order to make the request, please use the Test Waiver Request Essay of the application to describe your rationale and make a compelling case for the request. Finally, you should review and consider carefully the following guidelines before making the request:
– Standardized tests provide the Admissions Committee with some evidence of a candidate’s ability to perform academically in the MBA core curriculum. Test scores also serve to provide an indication of English language capability. The basis for your waiver request – and your response to the Test Waiver Request Essay – should be grounded in a record of exceptional academic achievement that includes demonstrated mathematical preparedness. While professional experience can be included as a component of the waiver request, the Admissions Committee will most strongly consider two elements:
1) overall academic achievement and
2) performance in quantitative coursework.
– Applications – with or without test scores – will be reviewed holistically.
– The decision to grant or decline a waiver request should not be viewed as a signal of the ultimate admissions decision.
– Waivers will not be considered if an applicant has not submitted a complete application including uploaded copies of a résumé and all official academic transcripts.
– Test waivers will be granted on a case-by-case basis.
– Decisions on waiver requests are final, and Marshall will not respond to requests for re-consideration.
– Test scores serve as one consideration in merit-based scholarship decisions.
– Some employers may consider test scores in their evaluation of job applicants.
Note: If a test waiver request is approved, the Admissions Committee will not consider test scores that are submitted at any point in the cycle when rendering the admissions decision.
Test Waiver Submission Process:
With the exception of candidates who are applying through The Consortium, only candidates who have applied to the program can submit a waiver request. The process requires two steps (Note: Failure to complete both steps may result in a deny decision.):
Step #1 – Submit a complete application that includes a résumé, all academic transcripts, and a response to the Test Waiver Request Essay (included in the application). In addition, you should respond affirmatively to the question in the application that asks if you are submitting a test waiver request.
Step #2 – Upon submission of the application, you must alert the Admissions Committee of your test waiver request by submitting an email to FTtestwaiver@marshall.usc.edu. This will allow us to respond to your request in a timely fashion. The subject line should read “Test Waiver Request – Application Submitted.” Please include your First Name, Last Name, Date of Birth, and USC CAS ID# (located in the top right corner of your online application) in the email, so that we can easily locate your file.
USC Marshall IBEAR
An applicant can submit a request to waive the GMAT/GRE/EA test requirement. Only applicants who have completed an application may request a waiver. In order to make the request, please use the Test Waiver Request Essay on the application to describe your rationale and make a compelling case for the request. Upon submission of your application, please email IBEARMBAadmissions@marshall.usc.edu to alert us of your submission*. The subject line on the email should read: “Request for Test Waiver – Application Submitted.” We will review your case and respond by email to your request for the waiver within 10 business days. Finally, you should review and consider the following guidelines before making the request:
Standardized tests provide the Admissions Committee with evidence of a candidate’s ability to perform academically. The basis for your waiver request should be grounded in a record of exceptional academic achievement that includes demonstrated mathematical preparedness. While professional experience can be included as a component of the waiver request, the Admissions Committee will most strongly consider two elements: 1) overall academic achievement; and 2) performance in quantitative coursework.
Applications – with or without test scores – will be reviewed holistically.
The decision to grant or decline a waiver request should not be viewed as a signal of the ultimate admissions decision.
Waivers will not be considered if an applicant has not submitted a complete application including uploaded copies of a résumé and all official academic transcripts.
Test waivers will be granted on a case-by-case basis.
Decisions on waiver requests are final, and Marshall will not respond to requests for re-consideration.
Test scores serve as one consideration in merit-based scholarship decisions.
Some employers may consider test scores in their evaluation of job applicant.
In the absence of a GRE/GMAT/EA score, in addition to completing the Test Waiver essay, please be prepared to demonstrate in your application one or more of the following:
– A strong undergraduate and/or graduate record in analytical coursework or disciplines
– CPA or CFA certifications
– Master's or advanced degree in an analytical discipline
– Certificate courses completed in an analytical discipline
– Extensive practical work experience in an analytical field
– A recent (valid or expired) GRE, GMAT or EA score
* Please include your First Name, Last Name, Date of Birth, and CAS ID# (located in the top right corner of your online application) in the email, so that we can easily locate your file.
Applicants interested in being considered for a test waiver must start an application and complete the test waiver request form.
Candidates are encouraged to submit their test waiver request at least two weeks prior to the application round deadline to allow time to evaluate your request.
Applicants who demonstrate multiple examples of academic and professional accomplishments are more likely to receive a waiver. Examples of relevant quantitative success include, but are not limited to:
- strong performance in previous quantitative and analytical coursework at the undergraduate or graduate level,
- five or more years of professional work experience with proven analytical experience, and
- earning a CPA or CFA certification or additional professional certification.
There are some important factors to consider before requesting a test waiver:
- We are unable to offer a test waiver if you have already submitted a self-reported or official GMAT, GMAT Focus, GRE, or EA test scores to Vanderbilt University.
- Applicants are evaluated for a test waiver one time per cycle and we are unable to accept appeal requests.
- Ensure you are putting together the strongest application. Consider whether a test score can be used as an additional data point to showcase your academic potential.
- There are some employers who may request a test score as part of their MBA hiring process. This is particularly true in industries such as consulting or finance.
An approved test waiver is not an admissions decision or an indication of an admissions decision.
Standardized Test Waiver Application – For some candidates a test score may not be needed for our Admissions Committee to assess their preparedness for Darden. Waiver applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and our Admissions Committee will consider a number of factors when evaluating these applications. Particular regard will be given for indicators of academic and professional accomplishment.
Warwick Business School
The Warwick Test may be available as an alternative for certain candidates dependent upon circumstances.
Applying Test Optional – All applicants who choose to apply Test Optional agree to complete the “Test Optional Summary of Qualifications” in the application questions section of the online application. Applicants will submit a response to these questions in lieu of submitting a GMAT, GMAT Focus Edition or GRE score.
If you select “yes” to applying without test scores, you are required to answer this short answer prompt:
Please detail the specific evidence in your academic and/or professional experience that supports your analytical and quantitative preparedness for success in the program. (150 words maximum)