GMAT vs. GRE Today


JOhn 2015
I'm wondering if it's feasible to just take the GRE if I want to get into an MBA today. I know that there's been discussion about this in the past, but those topics are older and there are a lot more business schools today that accept the GRE as a substitute than there was even a few years ago. What's the current thinking on GMAT vs. GRE?
I'm wondering if it's feasible to just take the GRE if I want to get into an MBA today. I know that there's been discussion about this in the past, but those topics are older and there are a lot more business schools today that accept the GRE as a substitute than there was even a few years ago. What's the current thinking on GMAT vs. GRE?
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Duncan
It's the same. You can use the GRE but, because the GRE signals lower quant skill and the option to study other topics, students are less likely to get an offer with the GRE and schools are less likely to get applicants with the GRE actually turning up in class after they accept an offer.
It's the same. You can use the GRE but, because the GRE signals lower quant skill and the option to study other topics, students are less likely to get an offer with the GRE and schools are less likely to get applicants with the GRE actually turning up in class after they accept an offer.
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lssaunde
I'll share my experience from last year. I decided on GRE because of the lower cost in case I had to retake, and to hedge in case I opted against b-school and went another grad school route. I did well enough for my personal goals, and it converted to a GMAT score that got me in the door. However, I had one school I was interested in that had a scholarship policy based on GMAT scores. It accepted the GRE and admitted me, but would not award me the automatic scholarship I would have received if I'd had the real GMAT score, even though it converted to a level that would have qualified for a nice discount. Needless to say, I didn't go there in the end.
I'll share my experience from last year. I decided on GRE because of the lower cost in case I had to retake, and to hedge in case I opted against b-school and went another grad school route. I did well enough for my personal goals, and it converted to a GMAT score that got me in the door. However, I had one school I was interested in that had a scholarship policy based on GMAT scores. It accepted the GRE and admitted me, but would not award me the automatic scholarship I would have received if I'd had the real GMAT score, even though it converted to a level that would have qualified for a nice discount. Needless to say, I didn't go there in the end.
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Duncan
Was that EDHEC or Tias? Just curious... ;)
Was that EDHEC or Tias? Just curious... ;)
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lssaunde
Actually, EDHEC said they would have given me the GMAT based scholarship, but they did not admit me in the end. EM Lyon admitted me, but offered me a lesser scholarship than what my GMAT equivalent scholarship would have been. One big reason I came to IAE Aix was the 11.000 euro price difference in the end . . .if that difference had been narrower, reasonable chance I would have gone to Lyon instead, but I just didn't have that kind of money to risk (At the time I was trying to decide where to go, I was also trying to sell my house, and I was really reluctant to go where it was more expensive without my house having been sold yet. As it happened, our house sold about two months after we came to France, the exchange rate of EUR/USD improved dramatically, and I got a big tax refund, so Lyon could have worked out financially, but none of that was clear last summer when I had to decide!)
Actually, EDHEC said they would have given me the GMAT based scholarship, but they did not admit me in the end. EM Lyon admitted me, but offered me a lesser scholarship than what my GMAT equivalent scholarship would have been. One big reason I came to IAE Aix was the 11.000 euro price difference in the end . . .if that difference had been narrower, reasonable chance I would have gone to Lyon instead, but I just didn't have that kind of money to risk (At the time I was trying to decide where to go, I was also trying to sell my house, and I was really reluctant to go where it was more expensive without my house having been sold yet. As it happened, our house sold about two months after we came to France, the exchange rate of EUR/USD improved dramatically, and I got a big tax refund, so Lyon could have worked out financially, but none of that was clear last summer when I had to decide!)
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sts
It's the same. You can use the GRE but, because the GRE signals lower quant skill (...).


I find that interesting, since in general more technically oriented disciplines like those under science and engineering faculties require GRE, whereas business and management programmes, which actually have a more hybrid structure combining qualitative and quantitative skills, prefer GMAT. Even within the business schools, I noticed that Management Science programmes may prefer GRE.

Regards,
[quote]It's the same. You can use the GRE but, because the GRE signals lower quant skill (...). [/quote]

I find that interesting, since in general more technically oriented disciplines like those under science and engineering faculties require GRE, whereas business and management programmes, which actually have a more hybrid structure combining qualitative and quantitative skills, prefer GMAT. Even within the business schools, I noticed that Management Science programmes may prefer GRE.

Regards,
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Duncan
I am not saying the GRE is less effective. I am saying that it is a signal: that is a statement about students who choose the GRE over the GMAT, not about the test.

The other point about the GRE is that there are additional subject tests for GRE. This candidate is considering the general GRE, which a science or engineering graduate school in the US might not be satisfied with: they would want the relevant subject test.
I am not saying the GRE is less effective. I am saying that it is a signal: that is a statement about students who choose the GRE over the GMAT, not about the test.

The other point about the GRE is that there are additional subject tests for GRE. This candidate is considering the general GRE, which a science or engineering graduate school in the US might not be satisfied with: they would want the relevant subject test.
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JOhn 2015
Good discussion. It sounds like the GMAT is still the "tried-but-true" measure of MBA admissions. It's no big deal to me either way, but I just wanted to know what I should be studying for. Thanks!
Good discussion. It sounds like the GMAT is still the "tried-but-true" measure of MBA admissions. It's no big deal to me either way, but I just wanted to know what I should be studying for. Thanks!
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