Is taking the GRE helpful for applying to top British universities?

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Is taking the GRE helpful for applying to top British universities?

I know what you’re thinking: “I took a million standardized tests in high school and I took at least one (if not two or more) standardized tests to get into undergrad. Do I really have to take more standardized tests for graduate school?” Well luckily, if you’re applying to graduate school in the United Kingdom you might not need to take another standardized test.


The GRE is almost always a requirement for acceptance to US-based graduate programs but it is only a requirement for a handful of UK-based programs and universities. Whether or not you need to take the GRE varies by program within each university and it may even vary based on your academic background.


As a general rule, students interested in post-graduate economics, finance and business school programs will likely need to take the GRE. Other post-graduate programs may require the GRE but it depends on where you want to go and your unique academic history. Please consult the programs you are interested in joining in order to make a final decision about whether or not to take the GRE. It turns out you may not have to take that standardized test after all!