The GMAT & GRE are the two main tests used for University admissions,
both of which are accepted at all institutions throughout the US.
More than 1,200 MBA programs now accept scores from the GMAT or GRE for business school admissions. That means you have more options. Before you decide which test to take, research the schools you’re interested in and find out whether they accept the GRE as well as the GMAT. From there the choice is yours.
Admissions trends are showing that business schools are looking for applicants with more than just a business background, and that means the GMAT is not the only test in the game anymore. Since the GMAT and the GRE are completely different, comparing scores on the two is like comparing apples to oranges. ETS (the folks who administer the GRE) and GMAC (the folks who administer the GMAT) both use comparison tools to put student’s scores into perspective, but many MBA programs use the ETS comparison tool as a benchmark. To get the most out of your score and your application, you should research your chosen schools to see what score ranges they require for admission.
Is one test easier?
In general, the GMAT suits those who have strong quantitative and analytical skills, who also excel at interpreting data presented in charts, tables, and text to solve complex problems. The GRE math section tends to be more straightforward and, unlike the GMAT, includes a calculator for all quantitative problems. Strong editors may gravitate to the GMAT’s verbal section while test-takers with strong vocabularies may prefer the GRE. Both tests have their “oddball” question types—Quantitative Comparison on the GRE and Data Sufficiency on the GMAT—that will take some prep to get used to.
How do I choose?
The best way to determine whether the GMAT or GRE is better suited to your abilities is to get your feet wet with a practice test. Getting into business school is competitive and you don’t want to take an actual GRE or GMAT sight unseen. We offer full-length computer-adaptive diagnostic tests for both the GRE and the GMAT.
No matter which tests you decide to take, you’ll need to prepare if you want to get a score that admissions officers can’t ignore. We have prep options for both the GMATand GRE to ensure you get the best score possible.