GRE for MBA: Should You Take the GRE for Business School?


Is it a smart choice to take the GRE for MBA programs? Even if a school accepts GRE scores, do they still favor students who submit GMAT scores?

For decades, if you wanted to get an MBA or apply to another type of business school program, the only standardized test scores you could submit were from the GMAT. However, in recent years, the number of business schools accepting GRE scores has skyrocketed, and more and more applicants are taking advantage of it. Still, many students wonder if taking the GRE puts you at a disadvantage in MBA admissions.

Applying to business school can be a confusing process, but we’re here to make at least one part clear. Read this guide to learn exactly how business schools feel about the GRE, average GRE scores for MBA programs and what you’ll need to get accepted, and how to make the final decision on whether or not you should use the GRE for business school applications.

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GRE vs GMAT: What’s the Difference? Which Should You Take?


It used to be fairly straightforward: if you wanted to go to get an MBA, you would almost certainly have to submit GMAT scores. However, in recent years, many business schools have started to accept the GRE in place of the GMAT.

What are the differences between the GRE and GMAT? Do business schools prefer one over the other? Should you take the GMAT or the GRE?

In this comprehensive guide, I’ll break down both exams and do a thorough comparison of them. I’ll then discuss how schools feel about the GRE vs. GMAT and walk you through the steps you need to take to figure out which exam is best for you.

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(Updated) GRE to GMAT Score Conversion Charts


Traditionally, business schools have favored the GMAT over the GRE (the GMAT was designed specifically by the Graduate Management Admission Council for MBA admissions), while PhD or master’s degree programs required GRE scores. Now, however, more and more business schools are accepting both GMAT and GRE scores.

Unfortunately, the firm divisions between the tests means that percentiles aren’t all that useful for GRE to GMAT conversion – the populations taking them are too different.

In this article, we’ll show you how you can convert your GRE score to GMAT score to see how you’ll compare to takers of the the other test. If you’ve already taken one test, you’ll also be able to get an idea how you’d do on the other one.

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