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Wondering how test scores impact your Simon application?

View the information below to learn more about your options and how to submit your most competitive application for admission.

GMAT/GRE/Executive Assessment

Simon Business School offers the option to apply without a GMAT/GRE/Executive Assessment 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 (one example is a 3.2 or higher on a scale of 4.0 or 4.3), and more.

How do I indicate my choice within the application?

You will make your selection on the Test Score Requirements page of your application. Based on your choice, follow the instructions below:

I would like to submit without a test score:
Do not add a new GMAT/GRE/Executive Assessment in the Test Scores page. Instead, select “No” for the question “Are you including a GMAT/GRE/Executive Assessment score to be considered with your application?” and confirm you would like the Admissions Committee to evaluate your application without a test score.

I would like to submit a test score:
Select “Yes” for the question “Are you including a GMAT/GRE/Executive Assessment score to be considered with your application?”. Additionally, you will add a GMAT/GRE/Executive Assessment in the Test Scores page.

Ultimately, submitting your application with or without a GMAT/GRE/Executive Assessment 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.

Whichever approach you choose, we look forward to reviewing your application soon!

English Language
Proficiency Exam

An English proficiency exam is required for all international applicants whose native language is not English. Simon Business School accepts the TOEFL, IELTS, and Duolingo English Test. This requirement is waived for applicants who meet the following conditions prior to matriculation at Simon:

Attended 3 or more academic years (at least 6 semesters/9 quarters/9 trimesters, not including summers) of post-secondary education taught solely in English and received a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a college or university where English was the language of instruction.

If you qualify for the waiver, please indicate that in your application. You will be required to upload supporting documentation stating “I meet the English Language Proficiency waiver requirements.”