The Value of GMAT and GRE in a Classroom

by Arione McQueenie, Recruitment Manager, Leadership Programmes

The GMAT and GRE tests can sometimes seem daunting, particularly when you’ve been out of education for a long time.

As one of the only schools in the UK to still have a mandatory GMAT requirement for the programme, we are able to accurately measure the current academic ability of our students. We also use scores to help us form study groups consisting of students that complement each other’s current capabilities, strengths and weaknesses.

GMAT and GRE tests also show immense commitment and motivation from the candidates, who are dedicated individuals and willing to go the extra mile to ensure their place on the programme. This is definitely reflected in the quality of the classroom from the feedback we receive from participants and faculty.

“The GMAT takes a fair amount of effort for most students, refreshing their numeracy and literacy skills. However, students will be using these skills during their time at the school, so having taken the trouble to prepare for the GMAT ensures that, when you start your MBA, you land running and can get more value out of your time on the course. This is part of what makes an MBA from LBS different from other schools.” 

Richard Jolly, Adjunct Professor of Organisational Behaviour

There is no minimum score to be considered for the EMBA-Global programme as we look at your application holistically, but we would encourage scores of 600+. If you are concerned that you have achieved a lower score than expected, we’d be happy to discuss this with you.

Our candidates tend to be busy individuals, and we understand the GMAT/GRE test prep can sometimes prove difficult to fit into your schedule. If the time constraint is a concerning issue for you, many of our past participants have hired a GMAT personal tutor or done intensive prep sessions at specialised prep schools, so it is possible to sit the test in a much shorter amount of time.

Your GMAT or GRE test must be booked prior to your application submission. We will prioritise completed applications, and will review and shortlist the strongest applications pre-test. 

As you begin discussing your development plans with your employer, be sure to read our advice on Creating a Business Case. This document will help you build a case for your employer’s support, either financial or time away from the office.


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