gre vs gmat

Many MBA programs are accepting GRE scores in place of the GMAT. Which begs the questions, which test should I take? GMat vs. GRE. Let’s take a look.

Does Your Target Business School Accept the GRE?

There are still MBA programs that only accept the GMAT as part of their admissions process. Find out what the admission requirements are at each of the schools you’re planning to apply to before you commit to a particular exam. Keep in mind that some schools accept both, but have a preference for the GMAT – citing it more directly tests the analytical and quantitative concepts that are needed in business school. When it doubt, call the school!


GMAT & GRE Differences

Both exams assess your verbal and quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and writing. However, each test has a different method for assessing these areas. So which test will play best to your strengths?

Only the GRE tests your vocabulary – which can be troublesome if English is your second language. Conversely, the GMAT places greater emphasis on mathematics, and it’s math section is considered more difficult of the two – so if math isn’t your strongest suit, the GRE may serve you better.

Furthermore, the GRE is a bit shorter in time and length, it costs less than the GMAT, and is offered in more test centers around the world.


Not Sure about Business School?

If you’re contemplating between business school and possibly another graduate program, the GRE may be a smarter investment. Most graduate programs, (minus law and medical school) require the GRE for admission. The GMAT is designed solely for business school applicants. So if you’re unsure of your path ahead, the GRE may be a wise choice.


Which Test Should I Choose?

If you’re still unsure, the best way to decide between the two is to take a free practice test offered for each exam.

As it stands today, the GMAT is still the king of business school admission tests but the GRE is catching up. If you find you’re performing poorly on the GMAT, try the GRE. It’s better to get an outstanding score on the GRE than a lackluster GMAT score.