GMAT, GRE & Executive Assessment

A good GMAT, GRE, or EA score instills the confidence that you have the intellectual aptitude to manage the academics and maximize your experience. With planning and determination in your graduate test preparation, you can do well!

Preparation Is Key

We recognize that finding time to prepare for the graduate admission test can be challenging between personal and professional responsibilities. But by prioritizing your studies for a set period of time, you can perform well on the test.

Give yourself adequate time to study for and take the test. We recommend beginning your test preparation at least two months prior to the application round deadline by which you want to apply.

Test Score Requirement

The MSx program is now accepting the Executive Assessment exam as well as the GMAT and GRE. The EA is administered by GMAC, so the test is similar to the GMAT exam, but it is shorter and does not have a writing component. A current GMAT, GRE or EA test score is required for admission to the MSx Program, and we do not offer test waivers. We do not have a preferred standardized test nor do we require a minimum score. The MBA program does not accept the EA, so if you are submitting a joint application for the MBA and MSx programs in Round 1 or Round 2, you will need to have a valid GMAT or GRE score.

Although similar proficiencies are evaluated, generally, the GMAT focuses more heavily on quantitative abilities, while the GRE has more emphasis on verbal skills assessment.

If you have previously taken either test and wish to use that score for your application, your score must be current as of your application round deadline. (GMAT, GRE, and EA test scores are valid for five years.)

If you apply in … You must have taken the GMAT, GRE, or EA on or after …
Round 0: 12 Aug 2020 12 Aug 2015
Round 1: 15 Sep 2020
(combined application)
15 Sep 2015
Round 1: 15 Oct 2020
(MSx only)
15 Oct 2015
Round 2: 06 Jan 2021 06 Jan 2016
Round 3: 12 Mar 2021 12 Mar 2016

Score Reporting

You will provide your unofficial test score for the GMAT, GRE, or EA in your online application.

However, you must request that the testing agency send Stanford your official score report. Use the school codes below.

  • GMAT and EA — Instruct Pearson VUE to send scores directly to “Stanford MSx Program” (school code L9R-KW-46).
  • GRE — Instruct Educational Testing Service to send your scores directly to “Stanford University” (school code 4704). Specifying a department will delay the processing of your test scores.