I have recently been contemplating whether should I apply for MBA or not. With that contemplation, also comes the dawn of the fact that one has to study and take the GMAT, which honestly is not the toughest but also is not the easiest.
With the ongoing turbulence in the global socio-eco-political plane due to Covid-19, it has become a conduit for powering up the looming bulb of possible doom over the head of applicants applying to B-Schools worldwide, in respect of ability to travel, study, get a job, procure visa and permit to work and stay, amongst other uncertainties.
It was only recently while talking to a friend who is also preparing for his GMAT, I was recently informed that some of the top-tier B-Schools are dispensing the requirement for GMAT/GRE for the current enrolment in their respective MBA courses due to the pandemic gripping the world.
Some of the B-Schools that have taken this recourse in the present times are: -
Wharton, University of Pennsylvania
Kellogg, North-western University (applicants falling under Future Leader Program)
McCombs, University of Texas
London Business School
Said School of Business, University of Oxford
Judge Business School, Cambridge University
(The list is not exhaustive, and dispensing with GMAT is up to certain level of selection, stage or time)
Looking at it from a myopic applicant’s point of view, yeah it is undoubtedly great that one can avoid giving a not so easy test.
Whereas looking at a more realistic picture, not having GMAT as a measure to curate possible candidates from the thousands of applicants, I assume will start to hinder the opportunity of those applicants which do not have a great deal of experience behind them and are counting on a Standardized Adaptive Test which might help them secure a seat in these prestigious B-Schools.