Although GRE scores are considered one of the main aspects of the student admission process, a few universities and colleges do not ask for them as part of their admissions requirements. Some schools have waived them in the last two years due to the pandemic, while others waive the score requirement against specific criteria — such as a high Grade Point Average (GPA) and/or a few years of work experience. Master’s degree holders applying to graduate school for another graduate-level program may not be required to submit their GRE scores too. Each university has a process explaining how to waive your score, which includes the following few steps and petitioning your school to waive the exam for your application.
How to Get Your Score Waived
Most graduate programs are designed with GRE scores as a mandate. However, there can be some scenarios where the college or university can waive your scores, such as:
- Academic History: The universities’ admission committee will look into your Grade Point Average (GPA), which for many top universities should be at least on the scale of 3.0–4.0 in undergraduate studies.
- Experience: For some master’s programs, the university will look into your work experience. Fieldwork or internships will make a difference in the admission process, and the GRE score will be waived.
- Awards/Recognitions: Any previous awards, recognitions, citations, and accolades could be considered for a GRE score waiver.
- Statement of Purpose: A well-written statement of purpose (SoP) clearly stating where and how you stand out is another factor that helps score waiving. Your SoP should showcase your writing and grammar skills.
- Letter of Recommendation: A good letter of recommendation from the previous employer(s) or teachers that reflects upon your candidature also helps.
The steps to apply for a GRE score waiver are as follows:
- Step 1: Check with the university’s admission office for a waiver petition form.
- Step 2: Prepare and keep all the required documentation ready, including the letter(s) of recommendation and personal statement or statement of purpose.
- Step 3: Submit your papers along with the application form.
Universities considering waiving GRE scores will accept the reasons and your application if you meet all the criteria. You will be asked to write the GRE if your request is rejected.