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Admissions to Ivey Business School

As a key component of our admissions requirements, all candidates are required to submit the GMAT or GRE exam with the application. This helps us to assess our applicants’ ability to keep up with the fast-paced, complex, and demanding nature of the Ivey MBA program.*

*GMAT or GRE exam can be waived if a candidate has successfully completed all three levels of CFA, or has a valid and competitive LSAT score.

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Frequently Asked Questions About the GMAT

Is it perceived negatively if I take the test more than once?
Not at all. Many applicants write the GMAT more than once. We only look at your highest score. If you properly prepare, you may see a big improvement the second time around — you’ll have a better sense of what to expect and you’ll be less nervous than the first time you wrote.

If I write the test multiple times, do you take an average of my test scores or the highest score?
We only look at your highest score.

I am concerned that my GMAT score is not competitive for admission. Should I still apply?
We encourage you to get in touch with us for a better understanding of how you fit with our application requirements. We look at applications holistically, and we can provide you with feedback and some coaching on your GMAT score.

How important is the GMAT in the admissions process?
The GMAT is an important part of your application, but we assess applications holistically and we consider how all the aspects of your application reflect your experience and profile

Do you grant GMAT waivers if I have a professional designation or significant work experience?
The GMAT requirement is waived only for applicants who have passed all three levels of the CFA designation, or have a valid and competitive LSAT score.

I’m thinking about taking the GRE instead of the GMAT. Does it make a difference?
From an admissions perspective, we view them both equally, but if you are considering a career path in Investment Banking or Management Consulting and we recommend taking the GMAT.

Can I apply without a GMAT score and get a conditional offer?
We are not able to make final admissions decisions until we have a completed application including a GMAT score.

I’ve heard that some industries will ask for my GMAT score when I apply for jobs. Is this true?
Yes, some may ask for your GMAT score, particularly in fields like Investment Banking and Management Consulting.