Prospective Students

GRE Information

The Graduate Records Examination (GRE) is a standardized, computer-based test used by institutions to help assess the qualifications of applicants for graduate school. The GRE measures basic verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing skills. The admissions committee carefully considers each piece of an application and uses GRE scores as one predictor of academic performance in the program.

Applications are evaluated on the entire set of materials, including the GRE. Our average GRE score is approximately 153 for both the verbal and quantitative sections. You can translate your GRE score to a GMAT score for comparison. Use this GRE-to-GMAT Comparison Tool. A wide range of scores are accepted, based on the strength of the complete application. If your score is in the lowest quartile, we recommend retaking before applying. If you take the GMAT more than once, your highest score will be considered.

Test scores are valid for up to five years after the test date. Your application should be submitted before the score expires.

FAQ

Where can I get information about the GRE?

The website www.ets.org/gre includes review materials, practice tests, and information about testing sites. Some students have purchased a GRE review book in conjunction with the free web materials. There are also preparatory classes offered through sources such as Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions.

How do I register for the GRE?

You may register for the test through the ETS website, or by calling 1-609-771-7670 or 1-866-473-4373. GRE testing centers are located throughout the world. In Iowa, there are five testing centers, three of which are in close proximity to our sites:

Des Moines Area - 5140
Prometric Testing Center
4601 Westown Parkway
Suite 119
West Des Moines, IA 50266

Coralville - 3305
Prometric Testing Center
1303 5th St
Suite 102
Coralville, IA 52241

Bettendorf - 3301
Prometric Testing Center
1035 Lincoln Rd.
Suite 307
Davenport, IA 52722

How do I prepare for the GRE?

We strongly recommend you begin your preparation by exploring www.ets.org/gre. You will find an abundance of information about what the test is like, including preparation materials and how to register for the test.

There are a number of national test prep agencies which offer online and classroom GRE prep courses, free practice tests, and fee-based full-length practice materials:

You may prefer studying on your own with self-paced GRE prep books, CD-ROM products, or apps.  Visit the ETS-GRE website to find out how to receive these products.

How do I submit my test results to the MBA-PM Program?

After reviewing your unofficial score at the test center you must request that the testing service send your score report to the University of Iowa MBA for Professionals and Managers Program for your application to be considered complete. The MBA-PM Program receives scores under the University of Iowa institution code 6681.

When you take the GRE, you will be allowed to select the University of Iowa as your score recipient. Do not take to the test center a list of the schools and programs to send your scores as you will not be allowed to take it into the testing room. However, there is an electronic program selection feature on the computer that will allow you to easily search for your institution.

Score reports are available to our program for five years after the test date. To make the results of a previous test available to the MBA-PM Program, visit www.ets.org/gre and request an additional score report. Again, the code for the University of Iowa is 6681.

Is there a minimum GRE score required for admission?

Applications are evaluated on the entire set of materials, including the GRE. Our average GRE score is approximately 153 for both the verbal and quantitative sections.  GRE scores are accepted on an equal basis with GMAT scores. Since we don't yet have an average GRE for you to compare your score with, we recommend translating your GRE score to a GMAT score and comparing that way. Use this GRE-to-GMAT Comparison Tool. If your score is in the lowest quartile, we recommend retaking before applying. If you take the GRE more than once, your highest score will be considered.

Can I waive the GRE?

Applicants may be exempted from the entrance exam if they have earned an advanced terminal degree such as a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. from an accredited U.S. institution.
OR

Applicants may be exempted if they have met all three of the following:

  1. completed a master's degree from an accredited U.S. educational institution
  2. received an acceptable GRE score (as determined by the MBA-PM admissions committee)
  3. earned a satisfactory graduate-level grade-point average (3.0 out of 4.0 or above)

To apply for an exemption, scan and email your request with unofficial copies of your graduate transcript and GRE score report to mbapm@uiowa.edu.

I didn't do so well on the GRE; should I still apply?

The GRE is a very important factor in the admissions decision, because it's usually an indicator of future performance in the classroom. A strong application in all other areas, in particular your work background, undergraduate GPA, and Pre-MBA GPA, can certainly help to make up for a slightly low score. If your score falls within the lowest quartile, we recommend retaking before applying.