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Should I sit the GMAT or GRE?

Updated: Feb 1

You’ve decided you want an MBA. You've budgeted time and money for the application process, and you've passed the TOEFL or the IELTS. Now it's time to choose between the GMAT and the GRE.

Why do schools use the GMAT and GRE?

Business schools use these exams to objectively assess your ability to solve problems using math (quant) and English language (verbal). Evidence shows that these two criteria are among the most powerful indicators of candidate performance during and after business school. This evidence is certainly up for debate, but it doesn't matter to you.

With your achievements and academic grades already set in stone, the GMAT or GRE is the only factor still within your control that can influence your chances of getting into a top business school.

Sit the GMAT first

Both exams help the adcom to assess your fundamental abilities, notably Pattern Recognition and Analytical Reasoning. But you should lean towards the GMAT first.

The GMAT was designed specifically for business schools, so it offers schools reassurance that you’re cut out for the tough academics of an MBA, and that you’re committed to b-school.

Approximately 80% of business school applicants sit the GMAT.

Consider switching to the GRE

You should consider switching if either of these issues applies to you:

You're struggling with GMAT quant: The quant section of the GMAT is widely considered to be more challenging than the quant section of the GRE. So, if you're struggling with the quant side of the GMAT, don't give up on business school entirely! Consider switching to the GRE.

Struggling with GMAT Sentence Correction: Test-takers struggling specifically with Sentence Correction questions on the GMAT often do better on the GRE, which emphasizes vocabulary.

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