Shivangi Gupta, Founder, Intelligent Education

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While GMAT has maintained its position as the convention for admissions to several postgraduate courses around the domain of management, things seem to be gradually deviating from the norm. If your primary choice college does not require GMAT and that has put you under stress surrounding whether or not the college is good enough, you have landed at just the right place and you are going to have your concerns addressed super soon. 

GMAT was popularly used and was probably mandated because of the standardisation that it lent to the procedure of admissions and assessing qualifications. Now that we have a range of other factors to evaluate a student’s worthiness for admittance to a course, we don’t necessarily require a standardised qualification to do that for us. Having a mandatory GMAT rule has nothing to do with the reputation or the acceptability of a college. It is merely an evaluation procedure. 

Since GMAT no longer serves as a prerequisite for admittance to certain courses, schools today like to focus on a candidate’s holistic application, laying emphasis on factors including-

  • A strong academic record
  • Work experience and the acquired skills
  • Participation in extracurricular and volunteer activities
  • International exposure 

Some of the many premier institutions that do not have a mandatory GMAT requirement are:-

  • Imperial College London
  • Babson College
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Kings College London
  • Michigan State University
  • ANU (Australian National University)
  • NUS-National University of Singapore
  • Ivey Business School
  • IE Business School
  • Rotman School of Management 

As we can see that some of the best business schools feature in the list, that is enough evidence to prove that GMAT is certainly not the reflector of the quality of education disseminated by the institution. So, if your college of choice does not have a GMAT requirement, that does not, in any shape or form, hold an impact on its worth. You can apply for admittance to the institution with an open mind and a positive attitude, good luck! 

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