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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.