How to get a GMAT waiver/exemption for LSE

The GMAT is a prerequisite for multiple postgraduate courses offered by LSE (the London School of Economics). So, what should you do if you can’t complete the GMAT, or feel it is unnecessary? Your answer does not need to be giving up on your dream of attending LSE. Instead, you can apply for a GMAT waiver!

Here, at The Profs, we’ve successfully helped many students get GMAT waivers and gain admission to competitive universities. Over 95% of our students get into their first and second-choice universities! So, if you want to cut to the chase, reach out to our expert admissions team who can get you started on securing your GMAT waiver.

Don’t forget to check out our previous articles on how to get into LSE, how to get into LSE Masters, courses and entry requirements at LSE, and what to do if you don’t meet LSE’s entry requirements.

You can also watch videos on LSE by our founder, who’s an LSE alumnus with over ten years of university admission experience: ‘How to get into LSE Finance,’ How to get into LSE for Master’s in Finance’, ‘How to get into LSE Management and Global Master’s in Management’, ‘How hard is it to get into LSE Management’ and ‘How to get into LSE for Economics.’

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What are the GMAT and GRE?

The GMAT and GRE are both admissions tests required by many postgraduate courses that are related to Business. 

Many business schools and universities accept both GRE and GMAT scores for Management and Business courses, including LSE. LSE does not have an overarching preference for the GRE or GMAT, however, its outlook is course dependent. For example, LSE prefers the GRE for the MSc in Management and Economics, whereas it prefers the GMAT for its MSc in Risk and Finance. To find out more about LSE’s entry requirements per course, check out this article.

Both tests are designed to assess a similar set of skills, however there are some differences. 

As a general rule, the GMAT tends to suit applicants who have strong quantitative and analytical skills and excel at interpreting data presented in charts, tables, and text to solve complex problems. The GRE tends to suit applicants who prefer essay writing over Maths, as there is a longer essay section and its Quantitative sections tend to be more straightforward (calculators are also allowed).

Please note: Whilst many university programmes claim that they don’t have a preference for the GRE or GMAT, employers might. So, always check this!

The GMAT

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is an admissions test used by many UK universities to assess students’ suitability for postgraduate Management and Business-related degree courses.

The GMAT helps universities and business schools assess your academic potential and gives a more consistent point of comparison between applicants from a range of academic and professional backgrounds. Your GMAT score is also one part of the application process you can control (you can improve your score through hard work and effective preparation) so it gives business schools an insight into your work ethic.

For these reasons, the GMAT is often a mandatory requirement for top universities/business schools. It’s important to work towards achieving the strongest possible score to show your commitment to your chosen course and to help you stand out amongst many competitive applicants from the outset.

LSE does not officially demand a specific GMAT score for all its courses requiring the GMAT. However, it’s reported that an LSE applicant’s GMAT score should exceed 650.

We have a previous article on the GMAT.

The GMAT Focus

From February 2024, the GMAT Focus Edition will replace the original GMAT and become the only version of the GMAT available for candidates. Until then, you can choose to take the old GMAT or GMAT Focus Edition. 

LSE has been accepting the GMAT Focus since November 2023.

LSE does not officially demand a specific GMAT Focus score for all its courses requiring the GMAT. However, a GFE score exceeding 645 is very competitive.

For information, read our article on how to prepare for the new GMAT Focus.

The GRE

The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is an admissions test used by many UK universities to assess students’ suitability for postgraduate Management and Business-related degree courses.

The GRE is a postgraduate admissions test used to assess applicants’ ability to study demanding degree programmes in fields such as Business, Law, Finance, and more. It is designed to test your critical thinking skills, mirroring the kind of thinking you’ll be required to do at the postgraduate level.

LSE does not officially demand a specific GRE score for all its courses requiring the GRE. However, it’s reported that an LSE applicant’s GRE score should exceed 160 in the quantitative section. A GRE score exceeding 318 overall is competitive. 

For information, read our article on how to prepare for the GRE.

Should I take the GMAT/GRE?

First of all, it’s important to highlight how competitive the admissions process is for LSE.

LSE is highly regarded as one of the best and most consistently ranked business schools. For Business and Management Studies, LSE ranked 6th in the UK (2024) and 11th in the world (2024). It is noteworthy for employment opportunities, having ranked 4th in the UK for employability by Times Higher Education (2023-2024).

LSE has some exemption guidelines, so opting not to hand in a GMAT/GRE score if you qualify as exempt could be a strategic move if your overall application stands strong without it. If you do not qualify officially, you might still decide to request a waiver but you should only do so if you have a robust Maths background and a good reason why you can’t do the waiver. This is because GMAT/GRE waivers are far less systematic at LSE than at other universities, so it’s a lot more difficult and rare to obtain one.

If you are able and available to take the GMAT or GRE, as well as attain a higher score than what’s average for LSE offer holders, then you should consider doing so. It could boost the competitiveness of your application, and you should take any opportunity available to maximise your chances of success against your talented competitors. 

Also, if your reason for wanting a GMAT/GRE waiver is that you’ve taken the test multiple times and failed it or gotten bad scores, you should reconsider this tactic. 

Firstly, the GMAT allows you to cancel scores you’re not happy with (within two minutes of receiving your score, so ensure that you understand your programme’s expectations). 

Secondly, LSE released an article stating that candidates can retake the GMAT up to 5 times in a 12-month period which suggests that they do not take issue with applicants retaking the test.

LSE namely asks candidates to take the GMAT/GRE as a method of testing students’ commitment to their LSE’s course and their discipline. So, if you’re not eligible for automatic exemption and you decide not to take the GMAT/GRE, you could harm your application.

The GMAT waiver should not be used as a means of avoiding taking the test multiple times or getting a bad score once or twice. If this is your reason for asking for the waiver, it’s likely your request will be rejected.

On this note, we have expert GMAT Focus and GRE tutors who can coach you through the process of achieving TOP results. Just reach out to get started!

All that said, if you find it tricky or impossible to take the GMAT/GRE due to professional or personal circumstances, or maybe you think your backlog of experience negates the need, then the waiver might be for you. Similarly, if you’ve taken the GMAT/GRE before and gotten a good score but it’s now ‘outdated’ you might be able to get a waiver based on this. Don’t be lulled into thinking it’ll be easy, but The Profs know just how to get one. Stay tuned for our intel.

​​Need help with applying for a GMAT waiver? Our team has tonnes of experience in this area and has helped numerous students obtain GMAT waivers and gain admission to top business schools. We also have expert writing tutors who can help you create the perfect waiver letter!

Do I have to do the GMAT or GRE for a postgraduate at LSE?

Postgraduate courses at LSE that have no relation to Business, Management or Finance do not require, recommend or even accept GMAT/GRE scores as part of their admissions process.

A GMAT/GRE score is compulsory for courses, like the MSc in Finance, Finance and Private Equity, and Economics and Management, for example

The GMAT/GRE is recommended for MSc courses in Marketing, and Accounting and Finance etc.

Whilst the GMAT/GRE is not required or recommended for many of LSE’s business-related postgraduate courses, LSE states that a good score will add weight to your application. LSE specifically recommends, and sometimes requires, the GMAT to applicants who lack a First Class Honours undergraduate degree, and sometimes an MSc, in a quantitative discipline.

If you choose to take the GMAT for a course that doesn’t require it to boost your application or because you lack a quantitative background, you should try to exceed 650 as well as get a good grade in the quantitative reasoning section to add value to your application.

All that said, LSE claims that (for applicants who are recommended but not required to take the GMAT/GRE) submitting poor scores will not damage their application, but good scores may strengthen it.

Finally, LSE offers a GMAT/GRE waiver which can deem you exempt from having to fulfil this requirement. However, you should note that LSE’s waiver is far less systematic than at other universities, so it’s a lot more difficult and rare to obtain one. Let’s jump into how this works.

What is a GMAT or GRE waiver/exemption?

A GMAT or GRE waiver/exemption is a provision offered by some graduate business programmes that allows applicants to bypass the standard requirement of submitting GMAT or GRE scores as part of their application. 

How do the GMAT or GRE waivers work?

This waiver is typically granted under specific conditions, such as having significant professional experience, holding advanced graduate degrees (it certainly helps to have a postgraduate too), or possessing certain professional certifications. It provides an alternative route for qualified candidates to showcase their readiness for their chosen graduate programme without relying on standardised tests.

However, LSE states that only in certain circumstances the department you applying to may consider waiving their GRE/GMAT requirement. If applicants want to request a waiver LSE asks them to state their reason for doing so. Hence, LSE’s waiver policy is more led by personal reasons than what is typical (professional experience and qualifications negating the need for a GMAT/GRE score).

When did GMAT or GRE waivers take wind?

During the Covid pandemic, before the prevalence of online test centres across the world, many business and graduate schools temporarily lightened their GMAT restrictions as test centres were closed. 

Since the world has returned to pre-Covid normality, business schools have once again become stricter in GMAT/GRE exemptions, but there are still more waivers being given than pre-pandemic. However, LSE in particular has drastically slowed it’s waiver policy since the pandemic.

Who are the GMAT or GRE waivers for?

The GMAT waiver is typically for those with years of professional work experience under their belt as well as a strong academic history (including a bachelor’s degree) and professional certifications like the CPA or CFA. 

Usually, you are unlikely to get approval for a GMAT waiver if you lack sufficient work experience, leadership background, or quantitative academic achievements, or face other application weaknesses. Applying under these circumstances is not strategic.

However, whilst it’s still recommended that you have a strong quantitative background (preferably a degree) and no application weaknesses when applying for LSE’s GMAT/GRE waiver, lacking professional qualifications, work experience and leadership does not seem to be an obstacle with LSE. 

LSE differs from Business schools like LBS and Imperial, in that a lot of its courses requiring or recommending the GMAT/GRE state that applicants with a First Class Honours degree in a quantitative discipline (and/or sometimes a Masters) are exempt. Other business schools do not state this on their entry requirements page, and when you view their waiver requirements they stipulate this academic background on top of professional experience. 

Hence, you should check the entry requirements on your course page to see if you qualify for automatic exemption. If you do, you need not apply for a GMAT/GRE waiver. You can simply submit your application without one. However, it might be a good idea to flag your UK degree and Maths background so that there is no confusion.

If you are not automatically exempt, you will need to request a GMAT/GRE waiver. However, unlike other universities, it appears the decision on whether to grant your waiver would be less grounded in your professional experience and qualifications (although this could certainly help you). 

If you’d like a GMAT or GRE waiver but you’re unsure how to successfully have one granted, chat with our knowledgeable team on the subject. We can help.

Does LSE consider me exempt from taking the GMAT/GRE?

Let’s clarify LSE’s specific rules surrounding GMAT/GRE exemption.

LSE deems certain applicants exempt from taking the GMAT/GRE; the rules surrounding this depend on the programme. 

The table below details LSE’s exemption rules for each of its programmes requiring the GMAT/GRE. If your programme requires GRE/GMAT and does not appear in the table below, this means that LSE  does not see room for exceptions, hence all applicants must submit scores to be considered.

Course titleOfficial qualification required:Exempt if:
MSc in Accounting and FinanceGMATCurrently enrolled or have completed a UK undergraduate degree or postgraduate diploma taught in the UK, including those under the University of London International Programmes (UoLIP). If your degree falls below a 2:1, it’s advisable to submit a GMAT score with your application.
MRes/PhD in AccountingGRE or GMATNo access to a GRE or GMAT test centre in your country of residence or insufficient funds to cover the cost of a GRE or GMAT test.
MSc in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics GRE required Exemption from GRE or GMAT requirements applies if you are currently enrolled in or have obtained a UK undergraduate degree taught in the UK (including those studying an undergraduate degree where the last two years were completed at a UK institution) or a UK Master’s degree taught entirely in the UK. 

Furthermore, if there is no access to a GRE or GMAT test centre in your country of residence or you lack sufficient funds to cover the test cost, an exemption is granted.

MSc in Economics (one-year course)GRE required Exemption from GRE or GMAT requirements is granted if you are currently enrolled in or have received a 2:1 or better UK undergraduate degree taught entirely in the UK, specifically in Economics or a joint Economics programme with a substantial focus on economics and quantitative subjects. This exemption extends to those holding a bachelor’s degree from the University of London International Programmes (UoLIP) with a similar emphasis. 

Additionally, exemption applies if you have completed the last two years of an undergraduate degree as part of a programme at a UK institution, focusing on Economics or a related joint programme. Postgraduate diploma holders in Economics from the UK or the University of London International Programmes, who can provide a complete transcript and academic reference, are also exempt. 

Also, exemption is granted for those without access to a GRE or GMAT test centre in their country of residence or those lacking the financial means to cover the test expenses. It’s important to note that while GRE is not mandatory, it is recommended for applicants who did not achieve a 1st class degree or equivalent, and/or if their degree is non-quantitative.

MSc in Economics (two-year course)GRE required Exemption from the GRE or GMAT requirements is applicable if you lack access to a test centre for these exams in your country of residence or if you do not possess the financial means to cover the associated expenses.
MSc in Economics and Management GRE or GMAT required If you’re currently enrolled in or possess a UK undergraduate or Master’s degree or postgraduate diploma taught exclusively in the UK.
MSc in FinanceGRE or GMAT required Currently enrolled in or possess a UK undergraduate degree taught exclusively in the UK. Or hold a bachelor’s degree from, or are currently enrolled in, the University of London International Programmes (UoLIP).

You’re also exempt if the relevant test(s) are unavailable either in person or online in your country of residence.

MSc in Finance and EconomicsGRE or GMAT required Currently enrolled in or possess a UK undergraduate degree taught exclusively in the UK. Or hold a bachelor’s degree from, or are currently enrolled in, the University of London International Programmes (UoLIP).

You’re also exempt if the relevant test(s) are unavailable either in person or online in your country of residence.

MSc in Finance and Private EquityGRE or GMAT required (GMAT preferred)If you are currently enrolled in a UK undergraduate degree taught exclusively in the UK, possess a UK undergraduate degree completed entirely in the UK, or hold a bachelor’s degree from, or are currently a student of, the University of London International Programmes (UoLIP). Additionally, an exemption is granted if the relevant test(s) are inaccessible either in person or online in your country of residence.
Global MSc in Management GRE or GMAT required Exemptions from the GRE or GMAT requirement are applicable in specific circumstances. If you are presently enrolled in a UK undergraduate degree taught exclusively in the UK, have received a UK undergraduate degree completed entirely in the UK, are currently pursuing a UK Master’s degree taught entirely in the UK, have been awarded a UK Master’s degree taught entirely in the UK, are currently enrolled in a UK postgraduate diploma taught entirely in the UK, or have been awarded a UK postgraduate diploma taught entirely in the UK, you may be exempt from the testing requirement.
MSc in ManagementGRE or GMAT required Exemptions from the GRE or GMAT requirement are applicable in certain situations. If you are currently enrolled in a UK undergraduate degree taught exclusively in the UK, have received a UK undergraduate degree completed entirely in the UK, are presently pursuing a UK Master’s degree taught entirely in the UK, have been awarded a UK Master’s degree taught entirely in the UK, are currently enrolled in a UK postgraduate diploma taught entirely in the UK, or have been awarded a UK postgraduate diploma taught entirely in the UK, you may be exempt from the testing requirement.
MSc in Management and StrategyGRE or GMAT required If you have received or are currently pursuing specific undergraduate or postgraduate qualifications at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), such as BSc Economics, BSc Econometrics and Mathematical Economics, BSc Economics with Economic History, BSc Economic History and Economics, BSc Economic History with Economics, BSc Finance, BSc Financial Mathematics and Statistics, BSc Mathematics and Economics, BSc Mathematics with Economics, BSc Mathematics, Statistics and Business, BSc Management, and MSc Management, you may be exempt from submitting GMAT or GRE scores. However, applicants with qualifications in BSc Economic History (without Economics) and BSc Accounting and Finance are required to provide GMAT or GRE scores.
MSc in Marketing GRE or GMAT required 
If you are presently enrolled in or have received a UK undergraduate degree or Master’s degree, both taught exclusively in the UK, you may be exempt from the GRE or GMAT requirement. Please note, LSE states that submitting a GMAT/GRE score is highly desirable and will strengthen your application.
MSc in Risk and FinanceGRE or GMAT required If you are currently enrolled in or have received a UK undergraduate degree, whether in progress or completed, exclusively taught within the UK, or if you are pursuing or have attained a bachelor’s degree through the University of London International Programmes (UoLIP), and the relevant test(s) are unavailable in your country of residence, you may be exempt from the GRE or GMAT requirement.

Please note that departments may still call for students to take a GMAT/GRE test, even where an exemption applies.

Please also note that LSE accepts online versions of the GMAT and GRE. However, if your online version of the GMAT does not include the AWA, you may be asked to take a new, full test.

Not exempt? Here at The Profs, we have successfully helped multiple students receive a GMAT/GRE waiver. So, we’ve developed a couple of strategies to maximise the chances of our students securing GMAT/GRE waivers! Reach out to our talented admissions team if you’re serious about securing one.

How do I apply for a GMAT/GRE waiver from LSE?

There is no formal step-by-step process for applying for LSE’s GMAT/GRE waiver as it is something LSE offers systematically. Hence, there is no quota for this, meaning it can be more hard and rare to have a waiver granted. LSE began granting waivers during the pandemic, and this has since been slowed.

Before you get started on your LSE application, We strongly suggest that you speak with LSE’s postgraduate admissions (via a number of ways offered on this page) before applying for a GMAT waiver. Booking a chat over Zoom might be the most informative option. Tell them about your academic and, if relevant, professional background, and verify whether you could be eligible for a GMAT/GRE waiver.

Next, email LSE ahead of your application requesting a waiver. This step is what will make or break having it granted, so don’t underestimate it and send something untailored! Seek our expert help as we can advise you on how to word things in order to make a good case and appear like an attractive candidate even without a GMAT/GRE score. Again, LSE mainly asks for the GMAT/GRE to test your level of commitment, so you need to approach this artfully. Bear in mind that getting a GMAT/GRE waiver is difficult from any university, but especially from LSE because it is not routine. 

In your email, you should mention how you are qualified for your course without a GMAT/GRE score. This should include a robust, historic academic record that focusses on Maths and includes a UK undergraduate degree. At least one of your two academic references should also back this up whilst singing your praises.

We recommend thinking very strategically about how you write your academic/professional CV (which is different from a CV that you submit to an employer). You should ensure that it doesn’t let you down. Check that your CV is up-to-date and of high quality. If it needs some updating, restructuring or perfecting, find the time to do so! LSE will study it thoroughly and it is a clear introduction to you as a professional.

​​Need help with crafting your CV and applying for a GMAT waiver? Our team has tonnes of experience in this area and has helped numerous potential test takers obtain GMAT waivers and gain admission to top business schools. We can guide you through the process.

Please note: If you do not qualify for an automatic GMAT/GRE exemption and you do not receive official approval in response to your emailed waiver request, you must submit a valid GMAT or GRE score as part of your application for it to be considered.

Need help? Chat with our team.

Extenuating/personal circumstances

LSE considers applicants who might’ve been hindered by extenuating/personal circumstances, such as parental/caregiver responsibilities, bereavement or financial hardship. 

In some cases, taking the GMAT/GRE could get in the way of a competitive promotion at work, meaning that preparing for the GMAT could explicitly harm their career prospects. This is a valid circumstantial reason that would prevent an applicant from being able to take the GMAT.

In your email to LSE, you should transparently disclose any extenuating circumstances that may have influenced your grades and qualifications, including the GMAT/GRE.

Ideally, referees or an independent source should corroborate these circumstances. Be aware that LSE reserves the right to request additional information and evidence for verification. 

Applicants can also submit details of extenuating circumstances through the Graduate Applicant Portal’s relevant form. However, it’s best to email ahead of your application to know whether LSE will consider your application without a GMAT/GRE score.

Please note: For your best chance of success, your LSE waiver request email should lay out why you are a qualified candidate (academically and mathematically) as well as some sort of extenuating circumstance. This is because waivers are not common practice when it comes to LSE. The only exception to this rule is if you’re qualified and, though you haven’t got an extenuating circumstance, you’ve taken the GMAT/GRE before and received a good score (it’s just outdated now). 

Before you write your waiver request email, we advise contacting LSE’s postgraduate admissions via a number of ways offered on this page. Tell them about your situation and ask them if your situation can be considered as part of your GMAT/GRE exemption request.

​​Need help with crafting your GMAT waiver request email? Our team has tonnes of experience in this area and has helped numerous potential test takers obtain GMAT waivers and gain admission to top business schools. 

5 tips: How do I get a GMAT/GRE exemption approved by LSE?

We’ve covered some important tips regarding the GMAT/GRE waiver but we have more. Let’s whiz through some of our insider tips on how to have your GMAT waiver request granted by LSE!

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1. The early bird catches the worm!

This is one of the instances in admissions applications where applying early (for the waiver) is likely to increase your chances. Here’s why:

  • You need a response to your email before your application and you might have to wait for this.
  • LSE does not plan to give out GMAT waivers, so they certainly don’t want to give out many. So, there’s an element of first come first serve!
  • You want to get your foot in the door before a better candidate applies for a waiver.
  • The earlier you apply, the more time you have left to take the GMAT/GRE and receive your score before LSE’s application deadline for your course (if they ask you to).

On top of this, applying early to LSE as a postgraduate is always recommended as it is very competitive and they have limited seats in each of their programmes. All that said, don’t rush your application; quality is key.

Don’t forget, our admissions team can coach you through the process, as well as advise you on timing and strategy. Don’t take a gamble, get our help.

2. Believe in your background

Applying for a waiver can be thought of as similar to applying for a scholarship. Accordingly, your background is extremely relevant to your application. Understanding the factors that increase your chances of a scholarship will greatly help.

Generally, over the last couple of years, diversity has grown more and more important to the GMAT/GRE waiver. Whilst universities will not admit this, your eligibility for GMAT/GRE exemption can sometimes include demographic factors, such as ethnicity and gender because waivers can be used to help universities diversify their cohorts e.g. when a demographic is severely underrepresented. 

Unlike many top universities, LSE offers ‘contextual grades’, so the likelihood of it offering GMAT/GRE waivers based on similar factors is high.

So, ensure that you disclose your gender if you identify as a cis woman, trans woman or non-binary person. Similarly, if you were the first in your family to attend university, and/or identify as another ethnic group to ‘English’, say so. However, it should be noted that LSE requires the GMAT/GRE from many students who received their degrees from outside of the UK.

Generally, within the UK, we have seen weaker academic candidates gain more favour in their waiver applications to programmes where they would be improving the severe underrepresentation for that course.

Consequently, you should try to carve opportunities to highlight to LSE any relevant factors about your background or circumstances that relate to diversity and representation. If applicable to you, emphasise your diverse perspective in your waiver request email to make a powerful impression. 

All that said, you will need to have an undergraduate degree, a history of good grades and a mathematical background.

Need help crafting a winning GMAT waiver request email? ​​Our team has tonnes of experience in this area and has helped numerous students obtain GMAT test waivers and gain admission to top business schools. We also have expert writing tutors who can help you create the perfect CV too!

3. Master Mathematics

Demonstrating outstanding academic aptitude is always extremely helpful when applying to a competitive university, much less asking them for a waiver. 

LSE lists quantitative aptitude as an expectation for courses requiring/recommending the GMAT/GRE. So, LSE looks for a strong academic history and is particularly interested in quantitative subjects. Hence, you must prove that you have impeccable quantitative skills as this will deem you worthy of a GMAT exemption.

Ideally, you should have a First Class Honours undergraduate degree from a UK university in a quantitative subject. If you have any other mathematical achievements (such as certificates, qualifications and/or competition ranking) then mention them!

Need help securing a top grade in your undergraduate degree or completing a professional qualification? We have expert tutors in every niche. Reach out to get started.

We have had success in helping our candidates secure GMAT and GRE waivers without any quantitative skills. So, if this is you, talk to us and let’s find a way to get you your waiver from LSE.

4. Your experience is everything

LSE does not strictly require work experience or professional experience for its courses related to the GMAT/GRE. However, in some cases, it is recommended or stated to ‘strengthen’ an applicant’s application.

So, if you’d like a GMAT/GRE waiver from LSE, consider collecting some work experience in a relevant field to your course! And even better if you have professional qualifications, accomplishments and achievements to speak of.

Think about what experience could give you an upper hand over your peers in getting that GMAT/GRE waiver.

Don’t forget to look at the GMAT exemption rules for your specific course on LSE’s website because they can differ. 

Last, but not least, ensure that you hand in a strong and well-crafted CV. Here is a CV template provided by LSE. Chat with our team for expert help.

However, please note: For your best chance of success, your LSE waiver request email should lay out why you are a qualified candidate (academically and mathematically rather than professionally) as well as some sort of extenuating circumstance. This is because waivers are not common practice when it comes to LSE. The only exception to this rule is if you’re qualified and, though you haven’t got an extenuating circumstance, you’ve taken the GMAT/GRE before and received a good score (it’s just outdated now). 

5. English is key

If you are a non-native English speaker, LSE will not grant you a place on a postgraduate course, much less a GMAT/GRE exemption, unless they’re certain that you’re completely fluent in the English language. 

You can fulfil LSE’s language requirements through the following methods:

  • Being a national and resident of a majority English-speaking country (with English as your first language). So, indicate that English was your primary/secondary education language in your application if this is not clear.
  • Successfully completing an undergraduate degree (minimum three years), a postgraduate taught degree (minimum one year), or a PhD in a majority English-speaking country.
  • Achieving a satisfactory level in a recognised English language test.

Take an approved English language proficiency test that Imperial College London accepts. Some of LSE’s most popular accepted tests are the IELTS, TOEFL and Cambridge English Scale. Courses specify a spectrum of scores ranging from ‘standard’, ‘higher’ and ‘research’. Try to achieve higher than what’s specified for your course!

Information on accepted tests and recommended scores is available here.

You’ll need to take the test far enough in advance before your application so that you have your grade ready to submit before you begin your application to LSE!

Here at The Profs, we have excellent English language tutors who can help you.

If you’re set on LSE, don’t forget to reach out to our expert university admissions coaches. We have plenty of experience with LSE as well as attaining the GMAT exemption. Why not join our winning team?

You may still decide to take the GMAT/GRE

After finding you qualify for the GMAT/GRE automatic exemption or having a waiver request approved, you might still decide to take the GMAT or GRE to maximise the competitiveness of your LSE application. This is because LSE is competitive and having a score could boost your application. Similarly, just because you’re eligible for exemption doesn’t mean LSE will officialise this.

LSE runs a popular and highly selective admissions process. Accordingly, an approved exemption might not mean that you get an offer from LSE. You should be prepared to maximise your chances of getting into LSE!

If LSE agrees with you that you’re exempt from needing a GMAT/GRE score, but you don’t get an offer, it’s more likely to do with your personal statement! So, pour all your efforts into perfecting this essay into something articulate, original and compelling. 

Luckily for you, we have expert personal statement tutors with previous success in getting students offers from LSE! 

Note: A high GMAT score is important to some employers, so you might want to boost your future employment potential.

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We can help you get your waiver/exemption!

Here, at The Profs, we help over 95% of our students get an offer to their first and second-choice universities! Moreover, we have successfully helped many of our students receive GMAT/GRE waivers. So, why should you be any different? 

LSE runs a competitive admissions process on all fronts. But there’s no need to be overwhelmed, we’ve got your back. No achievement is out of reach, and our success stories demonstrate that. If you’re set on LSE, don’t gamble with your future. 

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FAQs

Is the GMAT or GRE required for admission to LSE graduate programmes?

LSE does not require the GMAT or GRE for admission to all of its graduate programmes. 

However, multiple LSE courses surrounding Business, Accounting, and/or Management request or recommend scores as part of the application process, so it’s advisable to check the specific requirements of your chosen programme.

What are alternatives to the GMAT?

The GRE and EA are both alternatives to the GMAT. However, you should always check what your specific course at your chosen university prefers and this is subject to change each year. You should also consider what future, potential employers might prefer. 

Here, at The Profs, we have GMAT, GRE and EA tutors who can help you achieve top scores. We also have previous articles on the GMAT, GRE and EA.

What impact does the GMAT waiver have on a university application?

If the waiver is granted, it’s a thumbs-up from the admissions committee based on something promising in your profile. If not, it’s a cue to prepare for the test. The beauty of this lies in the fact that if the committee grants you a waiver, it’s not a penalty but a sign of approval. 

For schools with a more automated review process, skipping the GMAT/GRE/EA removes one evaluation factor, making the rest of your application even more crucial. 

A waiver can be a strategic move if your overall application stands strong without it.