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UCLA Anderson Application Insider: Test Scores

This blog post is part of our "Application Insider" blog post series that provides insider information, tips, and advice about applying to the UCLA Anderson MBA program.




Though some changes were made with testing modalities due to Covid-19, we want you to know that we will still continue to take the online version of the exams and treat them exactly as if they were in-person. We know that getting to a test center may still be of concern in some parts of the world, so we want to remain as flexible as possible. People will always ask if we prefer the GMAT over the GRE. The honest answer is that there is no preference with one over the other and we mean that! Both tests are evaluated equally in the admissions process, so we encourage potential candidates to submit the test they feel most comfortable with. Reference this US News and World Report article on the key differences between the two tests.

At UCLA Anderson, the standardized entrance exams are a part of your admissions requirements. This is not a requirement that will be waived under any circumstances. Therefore, the best advice we can give for you to tackle this is to prepare, prepare, prepare! Test preparation is key and may be a full-time job in itself, but doing so will set you up to do the best you can. Each test assesses your verbal, quantitative, analytical writing and integrated reasoning ability. It is important to dedicate review sessions to each component of the test as the admissions team will evaluate your performance in each area. We recommend you should give yourself at least six months of preparation time before taking it and then guide the test date by the round deadline date in which you intend to apply. Below are a couple key things to keep in mind:

  • Test scores are valid for five years, so if you are currently in an undergraduate or graduate program, it might be in your best interest to take the test now since you are already in an academic mode and mindset.
  • We only evaluate your highest overall score, both the GMAT and GRE provide you with the option to select which test score you prefer to submit to the institution(s) to which you’re seeking admission.
  • We do not penalize applicants for taking a test multiple times.
  • We do not have GRE averages in our profile, that's because we don't have too much of a pool to share those in a meaningful way. However, you can use this ETS converter to see what your predicted GMAT score will be. 
  • It usually can take up to 2 weeks for the school to get your results, you can report your unofficial score, so if you take the test a day before our round deadline, that is still okay.

For any international applicants who completed their education outside of the United States, you will also be required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS exam with your application, unless your education was solely taught in English in a country where English is the primary language (please contact the MBA Admissions office to confirm whether or not you are required to take the TOEFL/IELTS). The purpose of this exam is to assess your English proficiency. Given the collaborative and interactive structure of the MBA program, we want to ensure that you will be able to contribute to classroom discussions from the very first day, and these exams help us evaluate this important fluency factor. You can learn more about the TOEFL/IELTS requirement on the UCLA Graduate Division webpage.

 Remember that the test scores are just one way we evaluate our candidates. Your application is more than a test score and we look at all candidates holistically to determine if they will be a solid candidate for our program. Hopefully these insights will help guide you as you prepare for GMAT, GRE, TOEFL and/or IELTS as a part of the application process. If you have any follow-up questions about our requirements or admission process, please see our admissions webpage, our FAQs, or email us directly at

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