GRE? GMAT? Both? Neither? If you’re confused about which admissions tests you might have to take to get into graduate school, you’re not alone. Even though the GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) has been around since 1936, and the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) was created in 1953, a lot of students have trouble deciding which one they should take, if any. And it’s not a decision you should take lightly.

The GRE, which many graduate schools require, costs $205, not to mention what you might spend on books or classes just to get ready to take the test. The fee for the GMAT, which business schools often require, is $250, not including prep. Of course, these fees assume everything goes as planned. Registering late, rescheduling, changing your test subject and retaking the exam can tack on even more time and costs.

Before you get discouraged, here’s great news. More and more top schools—Averett University included—do not require you to submit a GRE or a GMAT score as part of your master’s degree program application. In fact, a study from a few years back showed that more than 70 percent of accredited online master’s degree programs did not require GRE scores.1

Since online graduate students tend to be older, schools are more likely to look at past degrees earned, work portfolios and other evidence that students are qualified for advanced academic study. At Averett, for example, our admissions process is designed especially for busy, working adults who want to get ahead without putting their careers on hold.

Some people wonder if schools that don’t ask for GRE and GMAT scores are as good as those that do. It’s an easy answer for Averett. Our academic programs are fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and many prestigious organizations have named us a top college in multiple categories year after year. Our students say it best when they tell us how we changed their lives by helping them earn a degree and achieve their dreams.

Now that you know you don’t need a GRE or GMAT score to apply to an Averett master’s degree program, you may have other questions for our admissions team. They’re always on hand to explain our simple process and guide you every step of the way to your future success.


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[1] No GRE Required: Online Graduate Programs That Waive Entry Exams, GetEducated.com

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