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How important is your exam score?

Letters of recommendation, essays, relevant work experience, undergraduate performance, extracurricular and community activities are all important factors considered by the admissions committee. Because the committee takes what could be described as a "holistic" approach in evaluating graduate candidates, an applicant should not be discouraged if their GMAT or GRE score is average or even slightly below average. That said, it is hard to overstate the importance of a good GMAT or GRE score. Along with your GPA, the GMAT or GRE provides a quantitative metric for the admissions committee to evaluate you as a candidate.

Can the GMAT or GRE requirement be waived?

In some instances, yes. In cases where an applicant already holds an advanced degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, or in cases where an applicant has an above-average GMAT or GRE score that is only recently expired, we will consider GMAT/GRE waivers on a case-by-case basis. Click here for more information. The MAcy program also offers a waiver based on certain criteria. GMAT/GRE waivers are not granted based on work experience, undergraduate GPA, or certifications.

What is the best way to be prepared for the exam?

You will quickly discover there is no shortage of test preparation systems and aids. Options include online courses, in-person classes, coaches, private tutors, CD/DVD-based systems, and self-study books. The McCoy College of Business does not officially endorse any one system or company but the three very reputable companies in the test prep industry are Princeton Review, Kaplan, and Manhattan Prep. Most successfully admitted McCoy graduate students have utilized one of these companies for GMAT or GRE test prep and we consistently get positive feedback about their products and services.

Nothing impacts your score more than preparation!

You must allow sufficient time to prepare. Keep in mind existing commitments and the balance between work, family, friends and other activities. Decide on how to best schedule your exam prep time and share this commitment with those closest to you. Let them know this prep time is of critical importance as it relates to your application to graduate school.

More Information

For more information about the GMAT and GRE please click on the links and PDFs below.

To learn more about the GMAT, and to register, visit

To learn more about the GRE, and to register, vist