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2 August 2012

Why you shouldn't worry about GMAT Integrated Reasoning

You’ve probably heard that as of June 2012, the GMAT includes a new section on Integrated Reasoning (IR). And you might be thinking that this is one more thing to keep you awake at night during the application season. But there is no need to worry.

Rest assured that IR is is new to us, too, and it’s going to take us (and our peer schools) some time before we know how to interpret it as it relates to the Stanford MBA Program. What we DO know is that the test was designed to provide insight into how you pull together knowledge from different sources--something you probably do already at work, and will certainly do here at Stanford.

For this application year, we will see your IR score if you have taken the new GMAT, but will focus on the verbal, quantitative, AWA, and total scores. Once we have had the chance to review IR scores in this first year, we will determine how to evaluate them in our process for next year. And, as we never tire of reminding you, no one score or section of a test is decisive in our process. We require no minimum or maximum scores; there is no cut off. We look for indicators of your academic ability throughout your whole application, and a test score is only one data point in a much larger picture.

And of course, some of you haven't taken the new GMAT, which is just fine. Test scores are valid for 5 years, and we accept both the GMAT and the GRE (and we don't play favorites). We do not have a preference about when you take your test. For more about test requirements, including a handy test validation calculator, visit our GMAT-GRE page.


20 August 2012

Stanford Responsible Supply Chains Conference is open to the public

The theme of the conference, which will be held 10 October 2012, is "Shared Value and Supply Chains - Strategies for Success." Chinese environmental activist Ma Jun, recently named the Most Creative Person in Business by Fast Company Magazine, will be a keynote speaker at this event. Register by August 22 and receive $100 off of the regular conference registration price.


22 August 2012

Special October Events at the GSB

Want to visit the GSB and hear more about the MBA Program? Here are three great opportunities:

Open House
11 October 2012, 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Many Voices: Perspectives on Diversity
13 October 2012, 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

XX Factor: Women Changing the World
14 October 2012, 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

All of these events allow you to gain insight into the admission process, see the campus, and hear about the MBA Program from students and alumni who know it the best. Space at all three events is limited, so please register for just one by 14 September. Also, these events are intended for, and will be most helpful to, those of you submitting your application in January 2013 or later.

We hope to see you here in October!