Study in USA - Without GRE/GMAT

Pragya Sharma ✅

Pragya Sharma ✅

Co-Founder @ Ace My Prep & Study Abroad Expert


The tests like GMAT/GRE measure the preparedness of graduate students based on laudatory understanding, verbal analysis, quantitative reasoning, and quantitative analysis. If one doesn’t wish to take the GRE/GMAT test or the test scores do not come out the planned way, you don’t need to worry. You can still study master’s in the USA without GRE/GMAT. Infact, the institutions criticise the test as one examination can not create or destroy the value of an aspirant as a whole.


GRE is a chief prerequisite for master’s degrees which are technical like MS, MCA, MSC, MTech, etc.. There are scenarios when candidates with impressive academic records do not get admission to master’s programs just because of low GRE scores. GRE is often criticised by universities and colleges because the examination alone cannot measure the capabilities and intellect of a student. If one plans to pursue a master’s course in the USA without GRE, you have to consider certain other eligibility factors that strengthen your profile. There are universities which are open to non-GRE aspirants.


The GMAT, Graduate Management Admission Test. It has 4 sections – Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, Integrated Reasoning, and Analytical Writing Analysis (AWA). The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is an evaluation test taken by students who are longing to pursue a management course at one of the business schools outside their  own country. This is so because such programs are built in a manner that students with great profiles, especially brilliant work trajectory, bring strong and diverse work experiences that enrich classroom discussions, thus GMAT scores no more work as a preferred admissions criteria. 


When do universities allow GRE/GMAT waivers?

Extraordinary GPA

Some universities waive off the GRE/GMAT score if the average grade point is above 3.2 on a scale of 0 to 4, according to the US evaluation. So, the universities focus on academic excellence and overlook the need for the GRE/GMAT scores.

Undergraduate Research Projects/ Internships

The exceptional achievement of the student is applauded by giving various perks by the universities. A great profile, which includes research papers, internships, academic excellence, social contribution, etc., is an ideal profile for the university to grant waivers.

Work Experience  

Some universities waive off the GRE/GMAT if the candidate has proved his technical excellence through relevant work experience of four to five years or more than that. The waiver mail should be written in a manner in which the professional skills, effective communication skills, job responsibilities and career graph is mentioned comprehensively. 

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