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Stanford Graduate School of Business Admissions Office Won’t Focus on Integrated Reasoning GMAT Scores Until Next Year

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The launch of the new Integrated Reasoning (IR) section of the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) should not be a cause of worry for prospective MBA applicants, according to a recent post on the Stanford MBA Admissions Blog. The admissions team there doesn’t plan to focus on scores for the new section until it has had more of a chance to determine how to evaluate them.

“Rest assured that IR is new to us, too, and it’s going to take us (and our peer schools) some time before we know how to interpret it as it relates to the Stanford MBA Program,” writes Stanford Associate Director of MBA Admissions Allison Davis. “What we DO know is that the test was designed to provide insight into how you pull together knowledge from different sources–something you probably do already at work, and will certainly do here at Stanford.”

For this application year, Stanford MBA Admissions will see your IR score if you have taken the new GMAT, but they will focus on the verbal, quantitative, AWA and total scores, according to Davis. “Once we have had the chance to review IR scores in this first year, we will determine how to evaluate them in our process for next year,” she says.

Davis went on to remind prospective applicants that no one score or section of a test is decisive in the Stanford MBA admissions process. The school has no cut offs and requires no minimum or maximum score. “We look for indicators of your academic ability throughout your whole application, and a test score is only one data point in a much larger picture,” says Davis.

She added that prospective applicants who have not taken the new GMAT also shouldn’t worry – scores from the earlier test are valid for 5 years and her team doesn’t have a preference about when you take your test. “And we accept both the GMAT and the GRE (and we don’t play favorites),” she states.

Visit Stanford GSB’s GMAT-GRE page for more about test requirements.


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