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On this page, you find the answers to our most frequently asked questions regarding the GMAT / GRE test.

Should I take the GMAT or GRE test?

We accept both tests for admissions for our MSc programs. When deciding between the GMAT or GRE test, we recommend looking at the structure of each test and trying some sample questions. It’s possible that one of the formats will align best with your unique skills. Try the GMAT mini quiz on our web as well!

How can I best prepare for the test?

When it comes to the test preparation, everyone has different needs. Some find a GMAT or GRE class beneficial and say it helps them stay on a studying schedule. Other applicants manage their time and prepare well without any kind of formal session. Whether or not you end up taking a prep class, we'd recommend taking practice exams online, which can give you some insight into how close you are to your desired score. Practice early and often! Guides for both tests are also widely available. While the test material is updated every year, older guides borrowed from a friend can still be relevant and cost-effective study tools.

When is the best time to take the test?

We generally recommend taking your chosen test at least three to six months before you plan on applying. Scores are valid for five years and that does afford you some flexibility. If you are an undergraduate student, you may consider taking the test before graduating as you are more recently exposed to the relevant subject matter. Whenever you choose to take the test, give yourself enough time to achieve a score you’re happy with and that will strengthen your application. At the time you submit your application, we only require the self-reported, unofficial score you receive at the end of the exam if your official score is still not available.

Any suggestions for finding time to study?

Like any new addition to your time, adequately preparing for the exam means making this a priority. Try finding others who are also preparing for the exams to form a virtual or in-person study group. Setting up a regular time each week for intentional review with your peers can help you build momentum and carve out much-needed time. You can also identify certain nights of the week or a few hours each weekend that are dedicated to hitting the books. Being intentional about how you spend your time and staying committed to the process are the best ways to be successful.

If I'm unhappy with my score, can I take the test again?

The decision about whether to retake the test is unique to the individual and takes into consideration factors like cost, timing, and satisfaction with the score you’ve received. If you don’t think your score is representative of your strengths and abilities, you may want to consider taking the test again. Prior to sitting for the test again, figure out how much time you have until the application deadline. If you are confident that you will be able to review growth areas and improve, then go ahead and retake the test. If you choose to submit multiple scores to SSE, we will use the highest score as part of the review process.

Regardless of your results, remember that your test score is just one element taken into consideration, since we perform an overall assessment of your application. Be sure to place an equal emphasis on the rest of your application and present the strongest version of yourself. Be clear and specific in your motivation letter, select recommenders who will best speak to your strengths, and adequately representing your employment history and extracurricular involvement. Working to thoughtfully develop these aspects of your application can also have a significant impact on the overall strength of your profile.