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While we know that scores on standardized tests do not always portray your abilities accurately, they still play a helpful role in the evaluation process.

Your test scores are just one piece of your application. We consider your scores within the context of factors such as the resources available to you, the educational systems within your university and country, etc.

Aptitude Testing

Either the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for admission. We have no preference for one test over the other; candidates applying to joint-degree programs that require the GRE should not feel obligated to take the GMAT. We do not accept Law School Admission Test (LSAT) or Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores in place of the GMAT or GRE.

Score Requirement

While there is no minimum GMAT or GRE score requirement for graduate study at Stanford, admitted candidates typically perform well.

Score Validity

GMAT and GRE scores are valid for five years. Since we require the GMAT or GRE for admission, you must take the test before submitting your application. The scores you submit must be valid as of the deadline date of the round in which you apply. If your GMAT or GRE score is still valid, you do not need to take the Next Generation GMAT or GRE revised General Test. If you require testing accommodations, we recommend initiating that process well in advance so they may review your request in time for you to take the test before the deadline for the round in which you wish to apply.

If you are applying in … You must have taken the GMAT or GRE on or after …
Round 1 (22 September 2015) 22 September 2010
Round 2 (12 January 2016) 12 January 2011
Round 3 (05 Apr 2016) 05 April 2011

Score Reporting

  • Instruct either Pearson VUE (GMAT) or ETS (GRE) to send an official score report directly to the Stanford MBA program, using the school codes below. 
  • Self-report your scores on the application form. These are the scores we will consider in our initial evaluation of your application. If you do not have your official scores, list the unofficial scores.
  • If your AWA (Analytical Writing Assessment) score is not available, leave this field blank. We will retrieve this score directly from Pearson VUE or Educational Testing Service (ETS).
  • If you do not take the test prior to submission, your application will be reviewed without your scores. Scores received after the deadline will not be reviewed.

Multiple Test Scores

Do not average test scores. If you have taken the GMAT or GRE more than once, report only the score from one examination that you wish us to consider while reviewing your application. The scores you report must be from the same testing session.

If you retake the GMAT or GRE after the application deadline, we will not be able to consider your new scores in our evaluation.

School Codes

Use the following school codes to ensure proper delivery of your official test scores.

  • GMAT — Instruct Pearson VUE to send scores directly to the “Stanford MBA Program” (school code L9R-KW-09).
  • GRE — Instruct ETS to send your scores directly to “Stanford University” (school code 4704). Please note that specifying a department will delay the processing of your test scores.
Last Updated 17 Sep 2015