What is the GMAT?

The GMAT is a computer adaptive exam that tests students’ potential as MBA candidates. It lasts about 3.5 hours and has four sections: Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The test is challenging, but can be mastered with smart and effective studying. For most online MBA programs, the GMAT is required. However, not all online MBA applicants will have to take it.

GMAT waivers may be available

It is important for every student to check the GMAT requirements for their desired online MBA programs. Some programs offer GMAT waivers that allow students to skip the GMAT. For example, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi offers GMAT waivers to students who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher in their last 60 undergraduate hours and earned a grade of B or higher in a college-level algebra or higher-level mathematics course. Applicants who already hold a master’s degree and have received a B or higher in a college-level algebra or higher-level mathematics course are also eligible for a GMAT or GRE waiver.

GRE as a substitute

Another reason students might be exempt from taking the GMAT is if the schools’ GMAT requirements allow for the substitution of the GRE. Some schools accept both tests, giving students a choice between the two. The GRE is different from the GMAT. The GRE has less math and provides an on-screen calculator for the quantitative reasoning section. The GRE, however, has one additional essay and requires vocabulary knowledge. Furthermore, the GRE questions on the quant and verbal sections aren’t all straightforward multiple-choice questions like the GMAT. If students understand the differences between the two tests and their own strengths and weaknesses, they can make the right decision for themselves with regards to which test to take. This is only if the students are given the option between the GMAT or the GRE, so the first step is to understand the GMAT requirements of their desired programs.

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