Technically, there is no minimum GMAT or GRE score required to apply for the McCoy Full-Time Cohort or Flex MBA programs. However, in order to have any chance of admission your exam scores must be competitive. An excellent score is a strong indicator of your potential for success in graduate school and that's why it is so important.
JUST HOW IMPORTANT IS THE GMAT or GRE?
In a word: very! Supporting documents such as letters of recommendation, essays, relevant work experience, undergraduate performance, extracurricular and community activities, honors and achievements are all important factors considered by the admissions committee. Because the committee takes what could be described as a "holistic" approach in evaluating graduate candidates, an applicant should not be discouraged if their GMAT or GRE score is merely average (or even slightly below average). That said, it is hard to overstate the importance of a good GMAT or GRE. score. Along with your GPA, the GMAT or GRE provides a quantitative measurement for the admissions committee. For better or worse, the numbers paint a picture of you as a candidate.
CAN THE GMAT OR GRE REQUIREMENT BE WAIVED?
In cases where an applicant already holds an advanced degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, or in cases where an applicant has an above-average GMAT or GRE score that is only recently expired, we will consider GMAT/GRE waivers on a case-by-case basis. Click here for more information. GMAT/GRE waivers are not granted based on work experience, undergraduate GPA, certifications, or alumni status with Texas State University.
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR THE EXAM?
You will quickly discover there is no shortage of test preparation systems and aids. Options include online courses, in-person classes, coaches, private tutors, CD/DVD-based systems, and self-study books. The McCoy Graduate School of Business does not officially endorse any one system or company but the three major players in the test prep arena are Princeton Review, Kaplan, and Manhattan Prep. Most successfully admitted McCoy graduate students have utilized one of these companies for GMAT or GRE test prep and we hear consistently good word-of-mouth reviews about their products and services.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
Think about how you best prepare for exams. Are you self-motivated and organized? Do you need accountability? Do you function better in a group setting or as an individual? There is no right or wrong answer; do what works best for you.
Once you have identified your test prep system, commit to it. The best book, class, or tutor is of no use if you are not 100% committed to following that method of test preparation.
You must allow sufficient time to prepare. Keep in mind existing commitments and the balance between work, family, friends and other activities. Decide on how to best schedule your exam prep time and share this commitment with those closest to you. Let them know this prep time is of critical importance as it relates to your application to graduate school.
Let's be honest- test prep isn't a lot of fun. But it is temporary and you're in very good company! Also keep in mind that the difference between a mediocre score and an exceptional score isn't just admission to your chosen program, but it could also mean a scholarship or fellowship once you have been admitted to the program. And with the proper preparation you are likely to score better than you anticipate.
For more information about the GMAT and GRE please click on the links and PDFs below.
To learn more about the GMAT, and to register, visit www.mba.com.
To learn more about the GRE, and to register, vist www.ets.org/gre.