MIT Sloan‘s MBA programs goes test-optional this year. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, on September 22nd the school changed the tests requirements on its website for the MBA program that start in 2021 to the following:

“Standardized tests, such as GMAT, GRE, EA, TOEFL, IELTS, are a component of the application process and play an important role in our holistic evaluation process. However, in view of challenges brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, we will allow candidates for the 2020-21 admission cycle to submit their application without the test and review their submitted material as is and without negative inferences. If admitted, candidates will not be required to take a test.

Additionally, applicants are welcome to submit other pieces of evidence, such as expired test scores (GMAT, GRE, EA, etc.); MITx MicroMasters, CORe, edX, MBAMath, or any other non-degree coursework completed; or certifications earned such as CPA, ACCA, CFA, etc; all of which may assist the Admissions Committee in its evaluation process.  

We will accept self-reported test scores by the application deadline, and welcome either traditional or online version of exams.”

MIT Sloan is the only top 10 school that waived the GMAT/GRE so far, but several other schools made standardized tests an optional part of the application process – Here is the list as of October 15th:

  • The University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business (For some candidates, particularly those who meet several of the criteria outlined below, a test score may not be needed for our Admissions Committee to assess their preparedness for Darden. Waiver requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and our Admissions Committee will consider a number of factors when evaluating these requests.)
  • UNC Kenan Flagler (GMAT/GRE waivers are available for new applicants to the UNC Kenan-Flagler Full-Time MBA class of 2023. We recognize that some candidates can build a strong case for admission based on but not limited to the following criteria. You can access the GMAT/GRE waiver request form within your application for more information about suggested materials to submit for review)
  • Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business
  • The University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business
  • Rochester’s Simon Business School
  • The Wisconsin School of Business
  • Rutgers Business School
  • Northeastern University.
  • Owen Graduate School of Management
  • Emory University’s Goizueta Business School
  • University of Southern California (USC) – Marshall School of Business IBEAR MBA

Michigan Ross will allow MBA candidates to submit MCAT, LSAT, PCAT, or DAT test score instead of GMAT/GRE.

NYU Stern are now accepting several alternative tests instead of GMAT/GRE for its MBA programs: Executive Assessment Test (EA), MCAT, LSAT, and DAT. Stern’s Admissions Committee will consider requests for a standardized test waiver on a case by case basis:

“All applicants to the Full-Time and Focused MBA programs are required to submit a standardized test with their application. However, given the current global public health environment, we understand that in-person testing is still limited and as things change rapidly, testing access may vary. If you have made a good faith effort to secure a standardized test appointment and are having difficulties that are outside of your control, the Admissions Committee will consider requests for a standardized test waiver on a case by case basis. Should you be approved for a standardized test waiver, we will work with you on next steps to submit your completed application based on your specific circumstances.  Requests should be submitted via this form at least 15 days prior to the application deadline, and must include a detailed explanation of your circumstances. The Admissions Committee may follow up with additional requests for information as needed.” 

NYU Stern also offers test waiver for its part-time MBA program:

“Applicants who meet certain criteria are eligible to waive the GMAT/GRE/EA requirements for the Langone Part-time MBA program without pre-approval from the Admissions Committee. Candidates wishing to waive the GMAT/GRE/EA must meet the following conditions…”