Except in extremely unusual circumstances, the MBA Programs at Georgia Southern require GMAT scores for admittance. Our requirement is based on the philosophy that preparing for and taking the GMAT can be a significant learning tool for you and for the program. The GMAT gives us another data point to view your academic potential. We understand that it is one test, on one day and we look at it in conjunction with the entirety of your academic and work history. It is particularly instructive if it’s been awhile since you were in school, or you didn’t take school all that seriously. Unlike other factors such as school, GPA, major, work experience, etc., GMAT scores are directly comparable across applicants and programs. More importantly, the GMAT is a learning tool for you. GMAT test scores are correlated with grades across multiple years and MBA programs. Preparing for the GMAT is preparing for your first day of class. Our programs are fast-paced, and you want to be ready to dive in from day one. Your scores give you an idea of how you compare to thousands of other students preparing for graduate business education. They may reveal that you don’t have to worry so much about how you will do in quant classes, but perhaps your communication skills need some polishing. You need to know, and we need to know – so you can take full advantage of the opportunity you are giving yourself. Georgia Southern wants to ensure that you, your classmates, teammates and cohort are as prepared as possible to get the most from your MBA. That commitment starts before classes begin.
I’ve been in management for X years now with multiple promotions. Taking the test seems unnecessary to find out if I will do well in a business program. Doing business differs from learning and applying the principles of business. If it’s been a while since you were last in a school setting, you may need to exercise that part of your brain a bit before starting class.
I haven’t been out of my undergrad business program for very long, and I got good grades there. What’s the GMAT going to tell me or you? Grad school is about putting all of the pieces together. It’s a different level of thinking. Data sufficiency and multi-source reasoning isn’t like grinding out an NPV. Besides, applications for merit aid (graduate assistantships, etc.) and some out-of-classroom learning experiences (business plan) want to see the GMAT.
I don’t have time to prep and take the test. If you don’t have the time or the discipline to devote some overtime hours for a couple of weeks to the GMAT, how will you handle the course load? As noted above, we see the process as one that will make you better prepared for the material and demands of an AACSB-qualified MBA program.
Possible exceptions (subject to Director approval)
Taking the GMAT represents a significant hardship. For example, you live in, have been deployed to or assigned to the likes of (but not limited to) Iran, Burma or Point Barrow, Alaska. Getting to a testing center isn’t possible or requires a visa. In such case, we’ll ask you to study for the GMAT, take and report the results from an approved online practice test.
You took the GRE within the past two years and the results were exceptional. The GMAT was designed specifically for graduate business programs, and the GRE is more of a general studies test. Still, there is some evidence that test results are correlated. We’d rather you take the GMAT (some companies want to know how you did in the pre-interview stage) but may make an exception. This possible exception doesn’t apply to LSAT, MCAT, etc.
You recently got a post-graduate degree in a technical discipline (STEM) from an accredited university. You have some circumstance/condition that GMAC cannot or will not accommodate. Not sure what that might be, but document the problem and let us know about it.
GMAT Fee Waivers
Georgia Southern has a very limited number of GMAT fee waivers for deserving applicants. Applicants need to contact the MBA Office and demonstrate extreme financial need (FAFSA), and academic potential (school, major, GPA). Consistent with our commitment to our community, preference will be given to applicants who are first generation college students. Fee waivers are granted solely at the discretion of the Director.
GMAT prep books by Barron’s, Kaplan, and many others are available in most bookstores or online retailer. Some have CDs or download sites with multiple practice tests. Make sure it is new enough to cover all of the sections of the GMAT, including Integrated Reasoning. Remember, you need to really work the book, not just buy it. If that doesn’t work, or you need more help, consider prep courses from reputable sources. Information about a course offered by Georgia Southern’s Continuing Education group can be found here
Graduate Management Admission Council
GMATPrep® Software – Free to registered users
GMAT Test Center Information – Know what to expect on test day.
Free tests online with a caveat.
A quick search will show lots of sites where you can take peeks at the test. Most of the sites require you to register with them to get “additional information.”
Some refresher basics – not to be confused with test questions.
Kaplan has some good information available here and here.
Kahn Academy has videos working through problems from the quantitative section of the GMAT here.
An excellent presentation about preparing for the GMAT was given October 1st on the GSU campus by Bell Curves co-founder, Akil Bello. You can see it here.