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GMAT, GRE, standardized tests, oh my!

I know, I know – the thought of taking a standardized test after years of being away from the classroom can certainly be daunting.  One of the responsibilities of the admissions team is to evaluate whether a candidate (YOU) has the academic aptitude that is required to complete the rigorous coursework in the MBA program.  Many times an undergraduate academic record is not the best indicator or predictor of success in the MBA classroom – you may have graduated college without ever taking a math class, for example.  Or, perhaps your grades in quantitative courses were sub-par because you were working to pay for school and couldn’t put in as much studying time as you would have liked OR you were a college athlete OR you were just less motivated and mature than you are today (we have never heard anyone claim that one 🙂 ).  That is where the GMAT or the GRE can come to the rescue.

The GMAT/GRE can help us evaluate whether you have the requisite quantitative, verbal, analytic and integrated reasoning skills to be a successful student in the MBA program here at Fisher.  Here are three important things to consider:

1) You may take either the GMAT or the GRE but if you have not yet taken either, our preference is the GMAT.

2) If you take the test more than once, we will use your highest score.

3) If you meet specific criteria, you may be eligible for a waiver of the exam.

There are numerous test prep resources available as you study for these exams.  Here are some that we know about:

Good luck!


Quick application checklist

Since we process applications on a rolling admissions basis, it is always advantageous to apply early – as applications are submitted and become complete, we will review them and make admissions decisions. The application is now live for both spring semester (January 2015 start) and autumn semester (August 2015 start).  The deadline to apply for the January start is October 15, so you still have plenty of time to get ready.

Here is your quick checklist:

1) Request an official copy of any transcript you have from an undergraduate or graduate institution where you received any credit.  A scanned or electronic copy of an official transcript is all you need to submit for application review purposes.

2) Register to take the GMAT or the GRE.  The GMAT is still our preferred test for the MBA program if you have not yet taken either test; however, we will accept the GRE and you will not be at any disadvantage if you choose to take the GRE.  You may be able to waive out of the test if you meet certain requirements.

3) Request individuals to serve as your references.  We require TWO letters of recommendation.  We prefer letters of recommendation from current or previous supervisors, followed by letters from colleagues, clients, professors, or anyone you may work with on a professional board or community organization.

4) Update your resume.

5) Start thinking about and drafting your personal statement and completing your video essay.

6) International students only – register for the TOEFL or IELTS.

Stay tuned for more advice on application requirements in upcoming posts!

New this year – GRE or GMAT

Beginning this year, the MBA program is accepting either the GRE or the GMAT to be considered for admission to the Working Professional MBA program.  That being said, the GMAT is the only standardized test that was specifically designed to help predict success in core MBA classes.  If you have not taken either test and you are debating about which one to take, we do prefer the GMAT.  If, on the other hand, you have already taken the GRE, by all means feel free to submit those scores with your MBA application.

Since we have not been accepting the GRE for a long time, we do not have historic data to provide with respect to class averages or score ranges.  What I can tell you is that the average GMAT of the class that entered in 2012 was a 621.  If you take a quick look at the comparison tool below, you can get an idea of how GRE scores compare to GMAT scores.  This is obviously just a rough guide, but may help to give you some insight into the score ranges we will be looking for.  For additional information on Fisher’s test score requirements, click here.

GMAT Virtual Event THIS week

The Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) is hosting a free virtual event THIS WEEK (April 17-19) to introduce you to the new integrated reasoning section of the GMAT.

Register here today to learn more about the new exam!

Not sure if you need to take the GMAT?  Read about our GMAT waiver policy here!


The New GMAT – are you ready for it?

GMAT is undergoing a significant revision within the next few months. In June 2012, the GMAT will introduce an integrated reasoning section, testing concepts that have not been tested before on the GMAT. The current version of the GMAT has a verbal section, a quantitative section, and two essays. The new version will drop one of the essays and replace it with an integrated reasoning section.

What does this mean for you? If you are reading this and are applying to the Fisher MBA program for spring semester 2013, you can either take the GMAT before or after the changes are implemented – the program does not prefer one over the other. As long as your scores are valid scores, they can be used as part of a complete application. Remember that scores are good for up to five years from the time you take it.

For more information, please check the FAQ published by GMAC. (Click here if you’d like to see some sample questions from the new integrated reasoning section.)

The Next Generation GMAT – coming in 2012

I just returned from the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) Annual Industry Conference where I had the chance to network with my peers from other business schools and learn about new products and services from GMAC, the creators and owners of the GMAT exam.  As you may know, a new version of the GMAT will debut in June 2012.  Here is what you need to know:

  • The new version of the GMAT will include an integrated reasoning section
  • This section will be 30 minutes in length and will be taken either right before or right after the analytical writing segment
  • The analytical writing segment will be 30 minutes in length and only include one essay – analysis of an argument
  • The integrated reasoning section will initially have its own score – the score will NOT be factored into the total score that is comprised of the verbal and quantitative sections
  • The integrated reasoning section will include 12-15 questions and will not be computer adaptive like the rest of the test
  • Question types will include multi-source reasoning, table analysis, two-part analysis, and graphics interpretation

If you are taking the test before next June, you don’t need to worry about any of this.  For those of you that are planning way ahead – keep this in mind as you prepare!  Study guides for the Next Generation GMAT will be available in April 2012.

Thinking about applying for the fall? Plan ahead!

1) Who will write your letters of recommendation?  Give them plenty of time and direction.  The majority of our applicants ask their references to utilize the online recommendation form.  By the time your recommender receives the link to complete the reference form and upload the letter of support, he/she should already know what to expect and be prepared to complete the process.  Fisher prefers professional references over academic references, unless you are a recent graduate from an undergraduate or graduate program and have a strong relationship with a professor who can speak to your potential for success in the MBA program.  Current supervisors are our first choice for a reference, followed by previous supervisors, colleagues, clients, or individuals with whom you work in the community or in a professional organization outside of your primary place of employment.

2) Start thinking about your personal statement.  Our guidelines for writing the personal statement are posted online so you can review them before you even begin an application.  Start to put together your thoughts and communicate your rationale for pursuing the MBA degree from Ohio State.

3) Prepare for the GMAT exam.  Visit for all of the information you could possibly want to learn about the test and test preparation, including  free, downloadable, full length practice tests.  Most schools will look at your highest score, but ideally you only have to take the test once at $250 per attempt!  Click here to find out whether you might qualify for a GMAT waiver. 

4) Request transcripts from your undergraduate institution(s) early.  Sometimes it takes awhile for those transcripts to arrive, so don’t wait until the last minute.  Fisher is now able to accept scanned or electronic copies of transcripts for academic review during the application process.  Official hardcopies will be requested after you are offered admission and prior to enrollment, unless the electronic transcript is sent directly to OSU from the granting institution and is considered official.  If you already have an undergraduate or graduate degree from Ohio State, you will not need to request a formal transcript for courses taken here, as we already have access to it. 

The next WP MBA information session will be held Tuesday, June 14 at 6:30 in Gerlach Hall.  Register here.

The application deadline for September 2011 is July 27, 2011.

More on the GMAT policy

This post is a follow-up from my previous post on the GMAT waiver policy.  It seems that some of you are still confused about how to request the GMAT waiver and how you will find out whether your request has been approved.

Here is the process:

1) Plan ahead: If you are interested in being considered for the GMAT waiver and are not sure whether your request will be granted, give yourself plenty of time (4 weeks BEFORE the posted application deadline).

2) Submit your application form online and send in all of your other supplemental materials (transcripts, resume, personal statement, letters of recommendation and TOEFL, if necessary).

3)  Check the box in the application form online that indicates that you are requesting a GMAT waiver.

The admissions committee will review your application without the GMAT and make one of the following decisions:

  • Approve the waiver and admit you to the WP MBA program
  • Deny the waiver and request that you take the GMAT for further consideration
  • Deny the waiver and decline your admission to the WP MBA program

By submitting your application online with the GMAT waiver request, you are giving the admissions committee the authority to make a FINAL decision on your application.  If you are not prepared to do so, I recommend that you make an appointment with a member of the recruiting and admissions team first to better assess your eligibility for the waiver.

Hope this helps!

The GMAT – necessary for some, but not all applicants

Here is what it measures - do you have these skills?

As most of you have heard by now, there is an opportunity for some applicants to waive out of the GMAT requirement for the WP MBA program.

The GMAT was designed to help business schools assess whether applicants will succeed doing the coursework required of a graduate management business program.  The GMAT is just one component used to help admissions officers predict academic success – we also evaluate your undergraduate academic record (as well as other graduate academic record, if it exists), professional work experience, community involvement/extra-curricular activities, letters of recommendation, personal statement, and information gathered through an interview, if requested.

Our experience evaluating applicants for the WPMBA program has revealed that, in some cases, we have enough information to determine whether a student is going to succeed without needing the GMAT score as an additional measure.

Applicants who have achieved a 3.4 GPA (or equivalent) during their undergraduate academic experience and who have at least four years of professional (in most cases, post-baccalaureate) work experience OR applicants who meet the GPA requirement and have another graduate or professional degree may request a waiver of the GMAT exam.

Keep in mind that this policy was really created for applicants who have demonstrated sufficient evidence of quantitative, verbal, and analytical aptitude through their previous education and/or current work experience.  If you are someone who did not utilize those skills through your undergraduate degree or are not leveraging them in your current job, you are likely not going to receive the waiver of the GMAT.

If you are interested in being considered for the GMAT waiver, click the appropriate box in the online application and the request will be sent to the admissions committee.
Good luck!

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Algebra, Geometry, Arithmetic, Oh My!

I understand that for many people, GMAT is a dreaded four-letter word.  It doesn’t have to be!  You CAN beat the GMAT (or at least conquer your fears) and we’ll show you how.  Join us for one of our GMAT information sessions on the Fisher campus.  Hosted by our very friendly and knowledgeable GMAC representative, Eric, these information sessions are designed to introduce you to the not-so-scary test and give you tips for succeeding on the exam.  These session are open to anyone who is interested in learning about the exam, regardless of the graduate degree you may be seeking.  Select “GMAT Information Session” in the drop-down menu of the Registration page to sign up now!  Visit

Whew, I made it!