Do you need to take the GMAT?
Last updated: 13 Oct 2008
The GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) was designed by Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) to provide them with a selection test for candidates applying for MBA programs. It has grown in popularity with business schools and it is now a requirement for over 1,800 MBA programs world-wide.
There are business schools that have more lenient admissions procedures and do not require the GMAT but, at least in the States, this often signifies a lower quality or less demanding MBA program.
Most good MBA programs will ask for a GMAT score. If you are in any doubt as to whether you need to take the test check with business schools you aim to apply to.
The bottom line is that if you want to apply for an MBA at a quality business school you will almost certainly have to do the GMAT.
Also, for better or worse, the increasing competitiveness among leading B-schools has only served to increase the importance of this exam for candidates as B-schools struggle to stay on top of the rankings.
Note: MIT Sloan School of Management and Stanford Graduate School of Business have both recently decided that they will accept a GRE score as an alternative to a GMAT score, so if you have already taken the GRE and are applying to these schools you may not need to take the GMAT.