Thursday, June 26, 2014

Admissions: Get going early with the standardized tests

If you are considering applying to graduate school, you might consider looking at the documents you need early.

We know that the strongest applications come from students who spend time working on each of the components of a dossier.

The online application form will be live in late August. Completing the form will not take much of your time. Gathering the documents for application will. There are steps you can take now to get ahead.

If English is not your native language, you will be required to take an English competency test. We accept the TOEFL, the IELTS or the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English. Click here for the definition of a native English speaker at SAIS.

Non-U.S. applicants who wish to spend their first year at SAIS Europe are not required to take standardized tests, such as the GRE or the GMAT. However, we strongly recommend they do so to strengthen their dossier.

The scores give us more information on an applicant. They rarely make or break an application, but they help round out an application.

It is important that you prepare well and that you make the most of the online resources available. The more prepared you are, the better you will perform.

Be sure you give yourself enough time in case you need to take the tests more than once.

Alumni from the Class of 2012 have written posts with tips on both English language tests and the GRE and GMAT. Below are the links:

- English competency tests
- Standardized tests

Amina Abdiuahab

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