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Interested in waiving a standardized test score?

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 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.

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.”