Should I Take GRE or GMAT for Business Schools?

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gre or gmat business schoolYou’ve probably heard that most b-schools these days are accepting GRE scores. What is probably not so clear is which test you should take: the GMAT or the GRE?

To answer this question you should figure out what your strengths are.

For instance, have you always been strong at grammar (maybe your boss is persnickety about the quality of emails you send), but weak at vocabulary (most bosses don’t care for words like persnickety!). Whatever the case may be, you want to take the test that you feel will best allow you to shine.

GRE vs GMAT : Quantitative

If math is not your strong suit, taking the GMAT may not be the right path for you.

It’s not that the GRE math is easy—it’s not. But the GMAT quant can be fiendishly difficult. You don’t so much have to know your basic math rules, as to apply them to convoluted questions. These questions usually are packaged in paragraph-long word problems.

The GRE, by contrast, wants to make sure that you understand the basic quantitative questions. There will be some difficult questions, of course. But the good news is you’ll be competing against the graduate-school pool—a group that typically has not had as much math background as the typical GMAT-taker.

On the math side even the typical Princeton GRE scores for computer science majors is around 160 out of 170. That’s quite a prestigious institution with less-than-perfect averages.

Vocabulary vs. grammar

As I mentioned in the beginning of the post, if you struggle with vocabulary the GRE may not be right for you. If, on the other hand, you love big words but don’t care much for the niceties of grammar, the GRE is waiting for you.

If you struggle with both grammar and vocabulary, I’d recommend that you consider the GMAT.

See, it is easier to learn grammar rules and to apply them than it is to memorize the 1,000+ words you’ll need to for the GRE (a number that increases the worse your vocabulary is).

GRE or GMAT for Business Schools?

There is only one way to find out… Besides taking the actual GMAT and GRE. Instead, you can take the Powerprep II test to gauge your GRE score and the GMATprep test to gauge your GMAT score.

Your GRE and GMAT score percentiles—i.e., where you rank compared to other students, should give you a pretty good indication which test you should take. If the scores are very close, then consider whether you’d spend your time with a deck of vocab flashcards or books filled with nail-bitingly challenging questions.

This post was written by Chris Lele, resident GRE expert at Magoosh. For more advice on taking the GRE, check out Magoosh’s GRE blog.

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