The MIT Sloan School of Management says it won’t require standardized test scores for the upcoming admissions cycle. Chiefly, because the ongoing pandemic continues to present challenges for applicants to take a standardized test. The admissions team wanted to address potential inequities for applicants affected by limited re-opening of testing centers worldwide.
Here’s what the school had to say about the decision:
The AdCom team will review applications holistically and take into account many different factors in the application. It will review submitted material “as is and without negative inferences.”
The move affects multiple programs. Namely, the MBA, MBA Early Admission, Leaders for Global Operations, Sloan Fellows MBA, Master of Finance, and Master of Business Analytics programs.
MIT Sloan has also made this decision out of concern for applicants with compromised immune systems who cannot safely sit for an exam. Additionally, the AdCom expressed concern about the possibility of new test center closures resulting from a second COVID-19 wave.
MIT Sloan says this decision is an example of principled leadership. Also, the school believes it is simply the right thing to do.
We are committed to making the best and most informed decision and feel confident that comparable factors (such as grades, undergraduate majors, advanced degrees, professional certifications, non-degree coursework, etc.) give us the data we need to make an admissions decision.
Applicants should note this change applies only for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle. MIT Sloan has one of the highest ratios of applicants per seat available among business schools in the world. The school does not expect this update to change that. Rather, the admissions committee feels it will provide a “level playing field” for all applicants, no matter how this pandemic has affected their lives.