Let’s see, if you are applying to an MBA program and are considering the GMAT vs. GRE question , you consider the facts that:
– the GRE is less expensive
– the GRE can be used for all graduate (and not just MBA programs)
– the GRE can is administered in more places
– and now you are able to select which of your scores you want the schools to see! The GMAT score report includes all of your GMAT scores for five years. The GRE “Score Select” allows you to send the schools only the scores you want them to see.
Prediction: If GMAT does not do the same, the GMAT vs. GRE wars will end on terms that are not favorable to GMAT.
What possible reason is there to take the GMAT instead of the GRE?
As a provider of GRE Preparation Courses we were invited to a webinar which was called:
What’s Ahead for the GRE Program 2012 – Special Updates
TestPrepPub SSO Webinar deck FINAL
– largest testing year in GRE history with more than 700,000 test takers. What is noteworthy is an increase of 25% outside of the United States with an increases in China (28%) and India (43%);
– more than 800 MBA programs now accept the GMAT. These (according to GRE) include 80 of the top 100 MBA programs in the world. (In our GMAT Preparation Courses we find that more and more people are also taking the GRE.);
– “Score Select” option introduced in July 2012. Apparently this will allow test takers to send the scores that reflect their personal best. This is huge! In the past schools have seen all GRE scores. Now, the test taker can decide which scores they want to send to the schools. Unless the GMAT does the same thing, I predict the end of GMAT. Under the existing rules when a GMAT score is reported to a school, the score report includes all GMAT scores for the last five years;
– Effective July 2012, test takers will be able to take the GRE once every 30 days and no more than 5 times in a 12 month period;
– Revised GRE prep materials: New PowerPrep software will be available in July 2012. New “Official Guide To The Revised GRE” available August 2012.
That’s all folks!
We are down to the final few course dates for the current GRE. Remember that if you need a GRE test score before November you must take the current GRE.
Our next course Toronto GRE Preparation Course (held on the University of Toronto campus) will be:
Sunday April 17
Saturday April 30
Sunday May 1