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Graduate schools in the USA are waiving GRE & GMAT test because of COVID-19

Dr. Karen Coats, USM’s Graduate School Dean stated in a press release: “At the Graduate School, we want to ensure that those who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree are not hindered by the inability to sit for the GRE and GMAT due to test center closures"

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, some academic institutions are waiving requirements for the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) for graduate school applicants for summer and fall 2020 periods. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced several universities across the world, including top business schools like Oxford, Imperial College of London, London Business School, Kellogg and Carngie Mellon to waive off the GMAT score requirement, which earlier used to be an essential component for being eligible for a course, reported Times of India.

According to the report, several universities around the world have suspended the standardized testing requirement for the 2020 and spring 2021 entry. Universities have also extended their application deadlines and some have announced further rounds to fill class capacity. Some have also decided to waive the application fees altogether to accept more students.

“Due to the impact on testing facilities, we are waiving GMAT/GRE requirements for US citizens for the remainder of the fall 2020 application cycle for full-time programs. Scholarships are still available,” read an official notification on John Hopkins Carey Business School website.