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Vanderbilt Executive MBA Makes Adjustments to Testing Requirements for Applicants

Apr 9, 2020

By Nathaniel Luce

Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management has made adjustments to its testing requirements for prospective Executive MBA candidates.

”Given the everyday challenges we all face, we are reducing the friction some applicants face taking the traditional entrance exams, ” said Dean M. Eric Johnson.

GRE Acceptance

The Executive MBA program will now accept the GRE, along with the GMAT and Executive Assessment (EA).

Provide an Expired Test Score

The Executive MBA program will now accept expired GMAT and GRE scores. For GRE, this includes scores for tests taken before July 1, 2016. For GMAT, this includes scores for tests taken more than 5 years ago.

Get a Decision Pending a Test Score

Additionally, the Executive MBA program will now make admissions decisions for qualified candidates with strong quantitative backgrounds that have yet to take the GMAT, Executive Assessment, or GRE. Candidates who apply without an official test score will be moved through the admissions process, with interviews, admission committee review, and other standard procedures.

Qualified applicants will be offered conditional admission, pending the test score, enabling them to begin the onboarding process.

These adjustments reflect the ongoing challenges that prospective students face with taking entrance exams. The GRE introduced an online format in late March, and GMAC will be rolling out online versions of the GMAT and EA later this month.

Sarah Fairbank

“We want to remove as many barriers to the application process as possible, and believe that this approach will allow applicants to proceed with confidence in the academic quality of the cohort,” said Sarah Fairbank, Director of Recruiting and Admissions for the program. She will be hosting twice-weekly information sessions throughout the month of April the help candidates navigate the application process in these unprecedented times.

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