MBA Entrance Exam

An MBA entrance exam (or admissions test) is often required as part of the admission process.

When an admissions test is required, it is usually the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT).

Although it is rare, some business schools might accept previous Graduate Records Examination (GRE) scores.

Of course, there is always the reality that a school does not require any type of entrance exam to be admitted.

When required, the exam results will likely play a significant role in the acceptance criteria.

Below are the most common types of admissions tests...

  • Graduate Admissions Tests - Many schools require that you take the GMAT. In fact, this test was created just for graduate programs in management (or business). Preparing for this exam is no small task. It contains the following sections: quantitative, verbal, and analytical writing. The GMAT is scored between 200 to 800. In some cases, a GRE score will be accepted.
  • Language Proficiency Tests - If English is not an applicant's first language, that applicant will most likley also have to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). This will verify the applicant's English proficiency. Understanding English is a must for programs in the U.S. and other English-speaking areas. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) may also satisfy this requirement.

If an MBA admissions test is required, the school will factor your test scores into the admissions process. Some schools have no minimum score requirements. You simply compete with the scores of other applicants. Other schools have formulas that combine your exam score with your GPA to reach a certain acceptable score. Check the school for details.

While the MBA entrance exam can be a big part of admissions, it is not the only criteria. Don't worry if you do not get the highest score. Admission committees look at the whole package. Make your application package the best it can be and your chances of acceptance will greatly increase.

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