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Should MBA applicants take the GRE or GMAT?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
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When applying to graduate school, students must decide which test to include with their application. Traditionally, the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) has been the choice of students looking to enroll in MBA programs, while the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is geared toward those seeking an advanced degree in programs other than business. However, a recent Kaplan Test Prep survey showed that an increasing number of business schools are beginning to consider the scores of an applicant's GRE in place of the GMAT.With this new finding, business school applicants may wonder which is the more appropriate test to take?

According to the Magoosh GRE Blog, an informative resource for test takers, both exams are offered year-round at computer-based test centers around the world. About 655,000 people take the GRE each year, while 250,000 take the GMAT. When comparing the language portion of the exams, the GRE places an emphasis on vocabulary, while the GMAT focuses more on a test taker's knowledge of proper grammar. Additionally, the math portion of the GMAT is more difficult than the GRE. Students should factor in their strengths and weaknesses when deciding which exam to take.

Still, those going for their MBA may want to play it safe and take the traditional approach. The Kaplan survey found that, while 78 percent of MBA programs say scores from both tests are viewed equally, there are still 18 percent of MBA programs that give applicants who submit a GMAT score an advantage over those who submit a GRE score.

"Our advice to prospective MBAs is if all the business schools they plan to apply to accept the GRE in addition to the GMAT, then contact those schools and find out if they have a preference for one exam over the other," Brian Carlidge, executive director of pre-business and pre-graduate programs, Kaplan Test Prep, said in a press release.

By Monique Smith

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