Saturday, October 12, 2019

2020 Admissions Guideline: Standardized Tests

As you are getting your application together, you may be thinking about the standardized tests and language competency exams. We get a lot of questions about them and wanted to demystify them for you.

Are Standardized Tests Optional?

For some, submitting GRE and GMAT scores is optional. Only our Masters of International Economics and Finance applicants, as well as our PhD applicants are now required to submit scores.
If you decide to submit scores for either the GRE or the GMAT, Johns Hopkins SAIS will only accept scores directly from the testing service. Please arrange for all standardized test scores to be sent in advance of the application deadline. The GRE code for Johns Hopkins SAIS is 5610-0000; the GMAT code is KGB-GX-99.

If you have completed an exam more than once, please list your most recent scores. In addition to listing the scores in the online application, applicants must also send official test scores via the appropriate testing services.

Do I take the GRE, GMAT, or LSAT? 
We’re perfectly happy to accept either the GRE or GMAT; however, we do not accept LSAT.

What is the minimum test score for the GRE or GMAT?

We don't have an arbitrary cut-off for our test scores. These scores can be a bit controversial, and it's not uncommon to hear people discuss the cultural bias of standardized test scores. So we recognize that strong candidates can perform poorly on standardized test scores, and we don't use a minimum test score as a baseline to eliminate candidates. 

We may reject someone with poor test scores, but that applicant was rejected because his/her application contained a series of weaknesses-not because of test scores alone.

What is the minimum test score for the TOEFL/IELTS?

We do have minimums for these exams, but we don't do this so we have an easy way to eliminate applicants. We have a minimum score on the exam because we want to make sure that all of our students are well-prepared to succeed in our program. If we admitted an applicant with less than minimum scores, we would be doing a disservice to him/her, because we would know that they would be unable to keep up with the intensity of our program.

A TOEFL score of at least 600 for the paper-based exam, 250 for the computer-based exam or 100 for the internet-based exam is required. Students who choose to submit the IELTS exam results must meet a minimum of 7.0.

If you are applying to our Bologna campus, you can take the TOEFL, IELTS as well as the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English. If a candidate takes the Cambridge test, a passing grade is required for admission.

Can I take the GRE and GMAT multiple times without adversely affecting  my application?

The reviewer will not see that you've taken it multiple times. They will only see the best scores you've received.

We only consider the best sub-scores you receive in each category...

...even if they are from different test dates. Say you take the GRE three times, and each time you max out score-wise on a different section. We will use whichever quantitative score is best, whichever verbal score is best, and whichever analytical writing score is best, even if all three scores came from three different dates.

You might get your scores instantly, but we won't.

It takes up to 10 business days for our office to receive official GRE/TOEFL test scores (and potentially longer for GMAT and IELTS), even though the testing center will give you unofficial score results for the verbal and quantitative section on the same day. To ensure that your official test scores reach Johns Hopkins SAIS on time, you should take the appropriate examinations and request your official score reports at least a month before the deadline.

So, when planning for your application, make sure that you take the standardized exam well in advance of the application deadline to make sure we get your scores in time.