GMAT Vs GRE

 

GRADUATE RECORD EXAMINATION (GRE)

Educational Testing Service (ETS) has managed to get the top business schools, consider the GRE as well as the GMAT score. Many business schools like Stanford, Harvard,Wharton, MIT, Dartmouth and Duke have started accepting GRE scores.
The GRE is an alternative for the GMAT. Most applicants submit their GMAT score,whereas the GRE has not established itself as a strong substitute for the GMAT.


Similarities between GMAT and GRE-

  • Both have a Quantitative and a Verbal section
  • The tests are online, and are taken with the help of a computer
  • The overall scores are similar

This gives you an impression that both the tests are mirror to each other, but there are some major differences-

Verbal section-

  • The GMAT focuses on critical reasoning and comprehension, where as the GRE gives prior emphasis on the vocabulary. The questions mostly include synonyms, antonyms and comprehension.

Quantitative section-

  • GMAT focuses on your problem solving skills and data sufficiency, whereas GRE consists of quantitative comparison and data interpretation. The problem solving questions presented by the GRE is very much similar to that of the GMAT.

Note- the level of difficulty associated with the GMAT or the GRE, varies from one person to another, and will depend on your academic skills.

WHAT SHOULD YOU PREFER- GMAT OR the GRE?

 

Your biggest dilemma-which test should I take? Top business schools accept GRE. Has GMAT has lost its charm? After, ample research- the Graduate Management Admission Council concluded that, the GMAT is good enough for the present scenario.

 
IF GMAT IS GOOD ENOUGH-WHY DO BUSINESS SCHOOLS ACCEPT THE GRE?

It depends on the kind of applicants the officers seek for; if you missed the GMAT-you can appear the GRE to keep your hopes alive.
If you have a weak GMAT score, but a strong GRE score- the admission officer will gladly consider the later.

The bankers and consultants, who have appeared the GRE, are eligible to do an MBA. During the interview, they try to convince the admission authority by stating-“we have been thinking of doing an MBA from the last 3 years”. It may not appeal well to the admission officers, as the candidates have not considered appearing for the GMAT which is a mandate for an MBA.

  • if you are considering an MBA as an alternate option-You can only consider taking GRE
  • If your only goal is an MBA, then the GMAT is a much better option.