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
  • 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

NYU Stern are now accepting several alternative tests instead of GMAT/GRE for its MBA programs: Executive Assessment Test (EA), MCAT, LSAT, and DAT. 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…”