Jul 24, 2023

Tuck Admissions Insights: Test Scores

By Tim Neil
Assistant Director of Admissions, Recruitment

Tim Neil

Standardized tests are not one-size-fits-all. Remember that you have choices when it comes to testing. We encourage you to lean into the test(s) that work best for you.

At Tuck, all applicants who have not been approved for a GMAT/GRE test waiver must self-report scores and percentiles from either the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examinations General Test (GRE). The GMAT is designed to measure your analytical writing, integrated reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and verbal reasoning in four sections (the GMAT Focus Edition is designed to measure your quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning, and data insights in three sections). The GRE is designed to measure your verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical writing in three sections (the Shorter GRE General Test is designed to measure the same). It is also accepted by a broad range of graduate schools, not just business schools. For more information on GMAT/GRE test waiver request eligibility, evaluation, etc., see the GMAT/GRE Test Waiver Request section of our FAQs.

Tuck accepts all versions of the GMAT and GRE General Test. And, we do not have a preference on the exam you choose to take. There are a multitude of differences between the exams, including format, structure, length, design, scoring, cost, etc. These factors and your skillset may impact your decision on which exam to choose. You may even want to take a couple free GMAT and/or GRE practice tests to aid you in your decision and preparation. At Tuck, roughly 38% of the Class of 2024 submitted a GRE score. You know yourself the best and we empower you to lean into the test that best enables you to demonstrate our “smart” admissions criterion.

For non-native English speakers, you will also need to demonstrate your English Language Proficiency unless you qualify for a waiver. This can be done via one of four different exams. The Duolingo English Test (DET) is $49, can be taken online anytime, anywhere in just one hour, and it is free to send to a variety of graduate programs. In addition to the DET, Tuck accepts the International English Language Testing System Academic (IELTS), Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE), and Test of English as a Foreign Language iBT (TOEFL) exams to demonstrate your English Language Proficiency including the online/at home versions of these exams. Again, we do not have a preference as to which exam you choose to take and encourage you to select the exam that best suits you.

As you explore Tuck, make sure test prep is part of your process. Choose your preferred exam (GMAT vs. GRE and an English Language Proficiency exam, if applicable), stick to it, practice, and do not spend time stressing about it. Tests are just one indicator of the “smart” admissions criterion, and many other factors go into how we evaluate applicants. When you’ve done your due diligence with testing, move on. Focus your time and energy on another part of the application or exploring opportunities at Tuck. You’ll do far more of that as a student than preparing for admissions tests, we can promise you that!

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