confused between gmat and gre


prank
hello, i am student from india currently enrolled in a business management program..i wanna do mba in near future but i am very much confused about gmat and gre..i researched a lot about both these exams and came to a conculision that gmat focuses more on quants and analytical skills whereas gre testes your vocabulary....as i have never been good at maths...should i go ahead with gre? as i am much confident about learning vocabulary.
hello, i am student from india currently enrolled in a business management program..i wanna do mba in near future but i am very much confused about gmat and gre..i researched a lot about both these exams and came to a conculision that gmat focuses more on quants and analytical skills whereas gre testes your vocabulary....as i have never been good at maths...should i go ahead with gre? as i am much confident about learning vocabulary.
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Duncan
The GMAT is more widely accepted. I recommend that if you want to study business.
The GMAT is more widely accepted. I recommend that if you want to study business.
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prank
thanks duncan
thanks duncan
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sts
(...)came to a conculision that gmat focuses more on quants and analytical skills whereas gre testes your vocabulary...(...).


I think that this is an incorrect conclusion. It is clear that GMAT is the more widely accepted one by business schools, however almost all the science and engineering departments I searched which seek an exam score of this kind require GRE, either the general test ot subject tests. I have not seen a single technically oriented school like these that would accept GMAT. Even in business schools, GRE may be preferred when it comes to Management Science programmes, which are actually more quantitatively oriented. This does not justify your conclusion that GRE is less about analytical skills and more about vocabulary.

That said, it is ok that GMAT seems to be the more suitable choice for you, but not for the reason you have mentioned, in my opinion.
[quote](...)came to a conculision that gmat focuses more on quants and analytical skills whereas gre testes your vocabulary...(...).[/quote]

I think that this is an incorrect conclusion. It is clear that GMAT is the more widely accepted one by business schools, however almost all the science and engineering departments I searched which seek an exam score of this kind require GRE, either the general test ot subject tests. I have not seen a single technically oriented school like these that would accept GMAT. Even in business schools, GRE may be preferred when it comes to Management Science programmes, which are actually more quantitatively oriented. This does not justify your conclusion that GRE is less about analytical skills and more about vocabulary.

That said, it is ok that GMAT seems to be the more suitable choice for you, but not for the reason you have mentioned, in my opinion.
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maury
There's one thing that's missing from this discussion, and that is that the GMAT was actually designed as a test for management programs, whereas the GRE is aimed at the broader range of master's programs. Look at the actual test questions, the GMAT's are framed around business and management topics while the GRE's are much more general.

And since the GMAT was designed specifically for management programs, it's not a surprise that admissions committees for science and engineering programs do not honor it.

Also, since the GMAT is a management-specific test, it's not surprising that business schools implicitly prefer it over the GRE. I doubt that either is a better indicator of quant skills over the other, but if one is specifically designed for one purpose, why use the more general one?
There's one thing that's missing from this discussion, and that is that the GMAT was actually designed as a test for management programs, whereas the GRE is aimed at the broader range of master's programs. Look at the actual test questions, the GMAT's are framed around business and management topics while the GRE's are much more general.

And since the GMAT was designed specifically for management programs, it's not a surprise that admissions committees for science and engineering programs do not honor it.

Also, since the GMAT is a management-specific test, it's not surprising that business schools implicitly prefer it over the GRE. I doubt that either is a better indicator of quant skills over the other, but if one is specifically designed for one purpose, why use the more general one?
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