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Bypass TOEFL, GRE, GMAT to Attend U.S. Graduate Schools

A vast number of prospective international graduate students give up on their dream of studying in the U.S. graduate schools out of their fear for admission tests like TOEFL, GMAT, GRE and more. These standardized tests are among the toughest hurdles when seeking admission to the U.S. graduate schools.

If you’re one of those students who wish to study in the U.S. but dread taking admission tests, what you must know is that graduate schools and universities in the U.S. have varying policies and there are many that allow international applicants to bypass these exams depending upon the choice of a school and program. Thus, there is absolutely no need for you to give up on any of your dreams. It’s just that you need to carefully research the available options for their policies on the tests.

English Proficiency Tests

As a prospective study abroad student, there is nothing much to worry about English language proficiency test scores as you’ve abundant options to secure admission in the U.S. graduate schools. These schools generally offer conditional admissions programs or Academic English Pathway Programs on campus for students to help them build their English language skills before beginning their graduate programs. Or, there could be a few exceptions like applicants appearing for an in-person interview with an admission counselor may request to have the TOEFL waived.

Given below is a list of universities that exempt students from taking English language proficiency tests:

  • California State University
  • Drexel University
  • Rice University
  • State University of New York
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of Dayton
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Iowa
  • University of New Orleans
  • West Texas A&M University

Note: Even if the school you’re considering as your future study destination waves off the English test requirement, you might still need these scores to get a student visa.


If you’re seeking an MBA, you are generally required to take the GMAT or GRE. However, there are certain schools that may exempt you from taking GMAT based on your transcripts, resume and essay. Other factors that count are work experience or any other degrees held from U.S. universities.

Some universities that do not require the GMAT for their full-time MBA programs are as given below:

  • DePaul’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business
  • Golden Gate University in California
  • Howard University (Washington, D.C.)
  • Lake Forest Graduate School of Management (Lake Forest, IL)
  • Ohio University
  • University of Dallas
  • University of Redlands
  • University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN)

Executive MBA Programs That Don’t Require the GMAT are as given below:

  • Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business (NY, NY)
  • Boston University School of Management
  • Cornell Executive MBA Americas (Ithaca, NY)
  • Foster- Washington (Seattle, WA)
  • Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business (Washington, D.C.)
  • Hofstra University, Zarb School of Business (East Garden City, NY)
  • Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Loyola University Quinlan School of Business (Chicago, IL)
  • MIT Sloan School of Management (Cambridge, MA)
  • NYU Stern School of Business
  • Northeastern University, D’Amore-McKim School of Business (Boston, MA)
  • Saint Joseph University, Haub School of Business (Philadelphia, PA)
  • UCLA Anderson School of Management
  • USC Marshall School of Business (Los Angeles, CA)
  • University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business (Baltimore, MD)

Read Also: MBA Applicants: How Can You Address Job Challenges?


GRE is a graduate school entry exam that aims at testing your verbal, quantitative reasoning and writing skills. There are several U.S. universities that offer programs which do not require the GRE based on your background and profile.

Click here to read the list of 9 Universities in the U.S. that Don’t Require GRE.

Some Final Words

A few hours of testing should never decide the future course of your actions as far as your career goals are concerned or should never demotivate you. English proficiency or aptitude tests might be a part of the application process but not the final decision makers of your career.